East Carolina has struggled mightily on the road this season. Coming into Saturday's contest, the Pirates were 0-7 when playing away from Minges Coliseum. They are now 0-8 after dropping a road game to South Florida.
ECU managed to make the first half competitive, and held their own against the Bulls. However, as time was expiring in the half, USF's momentum was building fast. Though they were down, ECU never considered themselves out, and used a series of runs to close the gap at times in the second half.
The key for South Florida was the performance of their star guard Geno Thorpe, whose 22 points helped the Bulls prevail over the Pirates. Thorpe's late three pointers were the difference in the second half when ECU was trying to mount a comeback.
Freshman guard Jeremy Sheppard finished with a team-high 17 and Kentrell Barkley boasted another double-double performance.
As a side note, last night was USF's first win in the American conference this season, perhaps that reflects more upon ECU than it does South Florida.
ECU will face the Temple Owls this Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside Minges Coliseum. The game will air on ESPN News.