East Carolina Falls To Florida Atlantic In C-USA Road Opener
Jan. 16, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. --- Trapp Jackson scored 22 points, sinking 6-of-11 3-pointers, to lead the host Florida Atlantic Owls to a 78-67 win over East Carolina Thursday night in the Pirates' first Conference USA road game of the season.
ECU (11-6, 0-2) suffered its fourth loss in the past five games after starting the season 10-2. The Pirates were looking for their third true road win of the year and going over .500 in those games.
Marquan Botley added 18 points for FAU (6-11, 2-1), while Pablo Bertone and Justin Raffington had 12 points apiece. The Owls have now won three of four after losing four in a row.
The Pirates rushed out to a 15-4 lead in the first seven minutes, but were outscored 26-18 the remainder of the half and clung to a 33-30 halftime lead thanks to Richmond's third 3-pointer of the first half with five seconds remaining.
ECU made five of its first eight field goal attempts, but then were just 6-of-19 (.315) the remainder of the period and finished shooting 40.7 percent in the first 20 minutes. The trend continued after halftime as the Pirates shot just 33.3 percent from the floor to finish at 36.8 percent for the game-it's lowest of the season.
Richmond banged another 3-pointer to open up the second half before the Owls went on a 15-8 run over the next 3:37 to take their first lead of the game at 45-44 on a layup by Bertone. FAU stretched the lead to four before ECU regained the advantage at 51-50 on a dunk by Brandan Stith. There were three ties and three lead changes over the ensuing four minutes before a pair of Raffington free throws with 8:09 to play put the Owls ahead to stay.
Botley scored 11 points as part of a 17-5 run that gave FAU a 73-61 lead with 3:46 remaining. After scoring just one point in the first half, Botley erupted for 13 points in the game's final six minutes.
The Owls shot nearly 50 percent after halftime, connecting on 14-of-29 attempts, including 5-of-12 3-pointers.
FAU, who ranked 15th in the conference with 31.4 3-point shooting percentage, connected on 10-of-28 3-pointers (.357), compared to 29.6 percent (8-27) by the Pirates, who had the second-highest 3-point percentage in the league at 38.0 percent.
ECU coughed up the ball 12 times which led directly to 15 FAU points, while the Owls only gave it away six times for four Pirate points.