Forced to shoot from beyond the arc, East Carolina attempted 20 three pointers in the first half, one shy from a team high for a half. The problem for the Pirates was its ineffectiveness shooting from three point range. Also starting guard Ron Curry became too much to handle for ECU and James Madison earned a 67-61 victory.
ECU launched a heavy dose of three point shoots, especially in the first half. The Pirates only made 20 percent of its three point shots in the first half. The second half ECU had more success shooting 41.2 percent from three. In the game ECU shot 29.7 percent from three and were not much better from the field shooting 34.4 percent.
The Pirates guards had a hard time scoring and defending against JMU. Starting guard BJ Tyson had only nine points in the game and fellow starting Prince Williams had the same scoring total. Lance Tejada and Charles Foster combined for six points, which led to Drew Bost to come off the bench. Bost did not provide a spark for ECU missing all three of his three point attempts.
Starting forward Caleb White was the only Pirate to successfully score against JMU. White had 20 points and hit six of his 13 three pointers. Kanu Aja also had some success scoring with 12 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double.
Both teams settled for perimeter shots as JMU also had 28 shots from beyond the arc. The difference for JMU was the stellar play of Curry. Leading all scorers with 23 points, Curry also had seven rebounds. Guard Shakir Brown chipped in for JUM with 13 points. Even though they shot 28 threes, JMU stayed balanced, outscoring ECU 34 to 14 inside the paint.
ECU also could not run the floor like they usually do. A big part of that was freshman Kentrall Barkley’s struggles. Barkley missed all four of his attempts from the field and only had three rebounds. Barkley and ECU like to run the floor but only had six fast break points against JMU.
Shooting 80 percent from the foul line was an improvement for ECU, but foul shot were hard to get. ECU only had 10 foul shots in the game and JMU also could not get to the foul line, attempting only eight free throws