In double overtime East Carolina (10-12, 2-7 The American) was down 95-91 with 17 seconds to go. Starting point guard Prince Williams drained a jump shot to put the Pirates within two. A foul and missed free throw kept ECU within three. With the clock winding down and no timeouts left, Prince Williams dribbled of a double screen and attempted a lengthy 3-pointer. This time, Williams misfired and that would be the last chance for the Pirates, as they lost in Minges Coliseum 97-93.
Despite missing a potentially game-tying three point shot to send the Pirates into a third overtime, Williams had another solid performance. The point guard had 19 points in the game and hit big shots for ECU down the stretch. Williams struggled in the first half turning the ball over five times, but only turned the ball over once after that.
The rest of the ECU players had no trouble scoring either. By the end of regulation, ECU had five scorers in double figures. Starting guard BJ Tyson, was left scoreless in the second half, but scored seven of the Pirates 18 points in overtime. He led the team in scoring with 20 points, while Williams had 19 and Caleb White had 17.
“Boy did we battle,” said ECU head coach Jeff Lebo. I don’t know how we got it to overtime. We showed a lot of resilience and toughness.”
White since coming back from his concussion has not started either of his two games. Although he didn’t start, White played 37 minutes in the game. White brought in five rebounds and dished out eight assists to go along with his 17 points, but was 3-12 from beyond the arc. One his missed threes came in double overtime and would have tied the game if he had converted.
Even with the success its success in scoring, ECU could not contain Houston’s (15-6, 5-4) offense, specifically Rob Gray Jr. Gray was lights out from three and scored 31 points in the game. Houston’s other starting guard Damyean Dotson followed Gray’s lead, scoring 23 points of his own.
In overtime Gray limped off the court and sat on the bench. Gray did not return to the game, but that didn’t stop Houston. His replacement, Wes Vanbeck, recorded all nine of his minutes in overtime, while replacing Gray. Vanbeck ended up with eleven points in nine minutes and connected with all three of his shots, which were all from beyond the arc.
“Vanbeck comes in off the bench and just hit a couple of dagger shots,” said Lebo. Give them credit. They made them and we made them when we need to. But that was a heck of a college basketball game.”