Ronnie Moore

Poor Second Half Sinks ECU

East Carolina had the lead after one half, but its shooting woes cost them in a 78-60 loss to Temple.

After one half, East Carolina (8-8, 0-3 AAC) looked like they were on track to win its first conference game. The momentum began to swing when Temple’s (8-6, 3-1 AAC) Devin Coleman hit back-to-back three pointers, one being a buzzer beater to end the half. The Owls came out strong after the half and went on to beat ECU 78-60.

Early on the Pirates shot well, the opposite of what they’ve done in its previous games. Shooting almost 60 percent in the first half and 67 percent from three, ECU jumped to a first half lead. Then in the second half, the Pirates went back to its old habits. ECU went cold shooting 31 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. ECU finished the game shooting 45 percent from the field, but it was also an abysmal second half defensively that hurt the Pirates.

The Owls could not keep up with ECU’s scoring in the first half, only shooting 41.4 percent from the field. But Devin Coleman’s back-to-back three pointers sparked a 15-0 run that continued in the second half. Temple took advantage of ECU’s struggles in the second half, as the Owls shot 58 percent from the field. Quenton DeCosey hit a pair of threes early in the second half to give Temple a four point lead. DeCosey finished as the game’s leading scorer with 24 points and Devin Coleman was the game’s second leading scorer with 17 points. Two other Owls scored in double figures and forward Jaylen Bond was a point away from a double-double.

ECU only had two scorers in double figures. Caleb White lead ECU in scoring with 14 points, but 11 of those points came in the first half. Starting Forward Clarence Williams scored 12 points, but like White, 10 points came in the first half. The Pirates bench played better than its previous two games, but were outscored 29-16. Freshman guard Kentrell Barkley is usually the Pirates leading scorer off the bench, but only recorded six points. Forward Michael Zangari’s eight points was his highest scoring total since his 11 against North Carolina Wilmington.

ECU continued to get beat down in the painted area. Temple outscored the Pirates 26-18 in the paint and also had eight more rebounds than the Pirates. The Owls 10 offensive rebounds helped its scoring effort, converting those into 17 second chance points. 

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