Ronnie Moore

New lineup helps ECU dominate the Blue Hose 76-56

Greenville, N.C. -- On the night starting forward Clarence Williams was dismissed from the basketball team, ECU faceed Presbyterian College. The Pirates went on to win 76-56.

Hours before the Pirates home game against Presbyterian College, an announcement was released by ECU Athletics that starting forward Clarence Williams would no longer be a part of the team.

This did not change the preparation for the game, but it was be a shocking announcement that could possibly effect the season.

Heading into the half, ECU led the Blue Hose 33-25, shooting over 35 percent. Hybrid guard/forward Kentrell Barkley got to a hot start in the second half. Barkley scored 10 of his 12 points by attacking and drawing fouls. He also secured 10 rebounds giving him a double-double. B.J. Tyson also had 12 points, while Jeremy Shepard, who earned his first start of the season added 11 points and 6 assists to help the team win.

The Pirates played much better then they had their previous four games. ECU won the turnover, rebound, assist, steal, and block battle against Presbyterian College. The team shot a game-high 43.6 percent from the field and a season-high 81.5 percent from the charity stripe. 

The Pirates improve their season 8-5 overall and and 7-1 at home. ECU starts conference play next Wednesday with a game against the USF Bulls, who are 6-5

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