The Pirates started slow, but as the team started to get into their flow, shots began to fall. ECU shot 47.5 percent from the field in the game and 39.1 percent from outside of the arc. Kentrell Barkley and Caleb White were on fire from deep both hitting three three-pointers.
Coach Perry wanted his players to be aggressive and get to the rim, but also not slack on defense. The team outrebounded Temple 44-35, which created multiple opportunities for 18 second-chance points.
East Carolina focused on getting the ball inside -- and it worked. The Pirates scored 36 points in the paint and had front court players in double digits. Due to the Pirates' defensive effort, the team scored 20 points off turnovers and accumulated five blocks.
Usually in tight games the Pirates tend to fade and not finish, but USF was a wake up call. Against Temple, the Pirates fixed their mistakes and took control of the game towards the end.
The Pirates are back in action on Saturday at home against UCF, who is 16-10, at 4 p.m.