Ronnie Moore

Final Five Minutes Sink ECU

East Carolina looked as if it could win its first conference game, against Tulsa, but a late run by the Golden Hurricanes gave them a 84-69 victory in Minges Coliseum.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — James Woodard scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, Pat Birt added 20 with six 3s and Tulsa beat East Carolina 84-69 on Tuesday night to win its fourth straight game.

Rashad Smith scored 12 points, Rashad Ray added 11, and Shaquille Harrison scored 10 with a career-high 10 assists for Tulsa (12-6, 4-2 American).

Tulsa shot 14 of 27 from long distance (52 percent) and outscored the Pirates 30-18 in the paint.

Trailing 42-37 at halftime, East Carolina gained on an 11-2 run in which Prince Williams and B.J. Tyson each hit 3-pointers. Then Caleb White tied it at 56 with a jumper.

Tulsa replied with a 7-2 run in which Smith scored four points and the Golden Hurricane led 69-65 after Birt's back-to-back 3-pointers. Woodard hit a 3 with 1:59 left and Tulsa finished with an 11-2 run.

Tyson scored 16 for East Carolina (8-11, 0-6), which has lost six straight.


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