Ronnie Moore

Offensive Surge Propels ECU

East Carolina's highest scoring total of the season, so far, helped to capture a 98-71 victory over South Carolina State

East Carolina for the second straight game was forced to shoot more than 30 shots from beyond the arc. Unlike its last outing, ECU found success shooting threes which led to its best scoring total of the season so far. ECU also tied an American Athletic Conference record with 16 three pointers made. The offensive surge propelled ECU to a 98-71 victory.

Forward Caleb White and guard BJ Tyson carried the Pirates to victory with nine three point shots combined. The two leading scorers for ECU accounted for 41 of the Pirates points and shot over 70 percent from the field. Only one other Pirate scored in double figures. All 20 of Tyson’s points came in the first half, a half in which the Pirates led by 21.

White entered the game 13 points away from reaching 1,000 points. His two free throws at the end of the first half entered White into the 1,000 point club and is the 27th Pirate to reach that milestone.

Guard Charles Foster shook off his struggles from his last game by scoring fifteen point. Foster also joined in on the Pirates three point shooting by making five of his nine attempts.

South Carolina State had success scoring in the painted area but could not keep up on the scoreboard. SC State converted seven of its 23 attempts from three and shoot only 23.1 percent from three in the second half. Starting guard Gabriel McCray had a good game for SC State, shooting seven of 12 from the field. Fellow starting guard Ed Stephens had 13 points but that was not enough to cut into ECU’s lead.

ECU’s dominance started early, scoring 58 points in the first half. ECU jumped to an early 21-4 lead and ten players got on the court in the first half, with only one Pirate missing more than one shot. SC State did not have a bad first half, shooting almost 43 percent, but the Pirates shot 68 percent.

ECU also excelled at the foul line, which was a problem in its last outing. The Pirates went to the foul line 26 times, while SC State attempted 8 foul shots, and converted 22 of them. In the first half ECU only missed one of its 16 free throw attempts. 

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