Cold Shooting Dooms Pirates Against Tulane
Jan. 23, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jay Hook made three 3-pointers in the final 2:43 and scored a game-high 17 points to lead Tulane past homestanding East Carolina, 59-54, Thursday night, dropping the Pirates to 0-4 in Conference USA.
East Carolina (11-8) led 49-48 with 3:13 to play before Hook scored the Green Wave's next nine points pushing Tulane (11-9, 3-2) with 22 seconds remaining.Hook had missed his first trio of 3-point attempts, but was perfect on his final three attempts.
Jonathan Stark was the only other Tulane player to scored in double figures, netting 13 points.
ECU led for 12:15 of the first 13 minutes of the second half before Louis Dabney scored sparking a series of five lead changes over the next 4:43.
The Pirates, who led led by four at halftime, 32-28, held their largest lead of the game, 35-28, 1:45 into the second half as Caleb White complete a 3-point play. White, along with Akeem Richmond, scored 14 points to lead ECU. The Green Wave took a 38-37 lead with 11:14 to go, but once again, White scored a go-ahead jumper on ECU's ensuing possession, igniting a 5-0 run to the 8:53 mark that put the Pirates ahead, 42-38.
After cutting its deficit to one, Tulane used a 10-3 run to pull ahead, 48-44, with 5:14 to go and forcing East Carolina into a timeout. The Pirates took back the lead momentarily before Hooks went on his shooting spree.
Hook connected on a pair of huge threes on back-to-back possessions, the second coming with 1:36 to play and putting the Green Wave back on top, 54-49.
Two Paris Roberts-Campbell free throws with 55.5 seconds remaining on the clock to bring ECU back within three, but Hook responded by drilling another shot from beyond the arc with 21 ticks left on the clock to push Tulane's lead back to six.
Richmond punched back with his fourth connection from downtown to bring the score to 57-54, but a pair of Green Wave free throws in the waning moments sealed the Pirates' fate.
ECU finished the night shooting a season-low 36.0 percent overall, 20.0 percent from 3-point range and 14-for-17 (.824) from the free throw stripe. Tulane shot 21-for-49 (.429) on the night and 5-for-13 (.385) from beyond the arc, despite connecting on just 12 of its 21 free throws.
Despite playing undersized with freshman Brandan Stith sidelined, the Pirates won the battle of the boards, 35-34.
Richmond made just 4-of-13 beyond the arc, while Roberts-Campbell (0-3), Torlak (0-1) and White (0-3) combined to go 0-for-7 from long distance. White shot 5-of-12 from the floor overall and made all four of his free throws attempts, while Roberts-Campbell chipped in 10 points, five boards and four assists.
The Pirates fell behind 19-9, but closed the first half with a 23-9 run overall that began with a 7-0 scoring swing over the two minutes subsequent to the Green Wave's 10-point lead, cutting the deficit to three with 7:10 to go. ECU reclaimed the lead, 25-24, on a two-handed pass by White with 3:17 left in the period.