Ronnie Moore

Foul Shots Help ECU Triumph over UNCW

ECU able to overcome another halftime deficit with a 78-73 victory over UNCW

A first half that included 33 total fouls called and four technical fouls, but ten missed free throws left East Carolina (7-4) trailing 39-34 at halftime. The Pirates continued to struggle in the beginning of the second half, but a 19-8 run led ECU to a 78-73 victory.

With just 17 minutes left in the game, a BJ Tyson layup sparked a 19-8 run that kept the Pirates undefeated at home this season. Tyson would end up leading ECU with 21 points. Senior forward Caleb White also reached the 20 point mark and he also brought in seven rebounds.

The problem for ECU the entire game was converting free throw opportunities. The Pirates missed eleven foul shots in the first half and 16 in the game. Forward Kanu Aja had the most trouble at the charity stripe, missing all six of his free throw shots. Kentrell Barkley also had some trouble at the foul line, missing four of his 13 attempts.

Although Barkley missed some opportuinities at the free throw line, he helped the Pirates in other ways. Barkley had 15 points in the game, but it was his rebounding an passing that, again, came up big for the ECU freshman. His eight rebounds and five assists were team highs for ECU.

North Carolina Wilmington (5-2) had troubles of its own putting the ball in the basket. Its problems came behind the three point line where it only made three of 25 shots. In the second half alone they shot seven percent beyond the arc. The Seahawks scoring came from its three guards. Craig Ponder and Jordon Talley started for the Seahawks and combined for 27 points. Chris Flemmings came off the bench to score an additional 16 points. The three guards combined to score 60 percent of the teams points.

ECU was outmatched inside, losing the rebounding battle and were outscored inside the paint. The advantage for the Pirates came on fast break opportunities. UNCW only scored 11 points on the fast break while ECU tallied 24.

UNCW also had the shooting advantage, shooting the ball 69 times and converting 28 of them. ECU only attempted 44 shots and made only 20. But fouls led to the demise of the Seahawks, allowing ECU to shoot 51 times from the foul line. ECU did not capitalize on its opportunities from the foul line, but they made just enough to claim the victory over the Seahawks.

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