East Carolina Tops Louisiana Tech, 75-68



Feb. 20, 2014

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Caleb White scored 21 points as East Carolina upended Louisiana Tech 75-68 on Thursday, ending the Bulldogs four-game winning streak and knocking them out of a tie for the Conference USA lead.

Prince Williams had 15 points off the bench tor the Pirates (14-13, 3-9) with Akeem Richmond and Paris Roberts-Campbell scoring14 apiece. Michael Zangari grabbed 15 rebounds.

The Bulldogs (21-6, 9-3) shot just 37.5 percent, making 7-of-28 3-pointers, finishing 14 points behind their league-leading average. Reserve Kenyon McNeail scored 20 points, Alex Hamilton added 14, Jaron Johnson 11 and Chris Anderson 10.

East Carolina finished the game shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, including 41.7 percent of its triples. They also only committed 10 turnovers, limiting the Bulldogs pressing defense to just 11 points off turnovers.

After falling behind 5-2, ECU scored 12 unanswered points to take a 14-5 lead and led for the game's final 33 minutes. White scored nine of the Pirates' first 11 points before Roberts-Campbell capped the 12-0 burst with his first of three 3s on the night.

Williams and White then made back-to-back 3s to give ECU a 20-10 lead as the Pirates scored 12 straight points behind the arc. They finished the game 10-of-24 from 3-point range, burying 5-of-12 each half.

White had 16 points in the opening half as the Pirates took a 36-27 lead at the break, holding the Bulldogs to their fourth-lowest single half output of the year.

ECU increased its lead to 13 in the first five minutes of the second half as Roberts-Campbell opened the stanza with consecutive 3-pointers before Williams drove to the basket to give his team a 44-31 lead.

Over the next eight minutes, the Bulldogs only shaved five points off ECU's lead but after Richmond sank his third 3-pointer, the Pirates had an 11-point cushion, 60-49, with 6:44 to play.

McNeail then made three consecutive 3s to trim the Pirates' lead to four, 62-58, in a span of 1:33. ECU then scored the next four points pushing its lead back to eight, 66-58, with 4:23 to play.

The Bulldogs closed within 68-66 with 1:50 to play but the Pirates hit 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the upset.