Pirates' Season Ends With Loss To Wright State, 73-59

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March 18, 2014


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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina saw its season come to an end on Tuesday evening, falling to Wright State, 73-59, in the opening round of the 2014 CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Prince Williams led the Pirates with 20 points on a 7-of-9 shooting and pulled down a team-high six rebounds and Michael Zangari scored 14 more on a 5-of-6 night from the floor.

Wright State (21-14) opened the game with a 7-0 run to the first media timeout, but Akeem Richmond's first of only two 3-pointers on the night finally got ECU (17-17) on the board nearly five minutes into the contest. Zangari brought ECU within one at 18-17 with 8:07 left to play in the first half after converting a three-point play, but the Raiders answered with another 7-0 spurt to increase its lead to eight.

Following Zangari's bucket with 8:07 on the clock, East Carolina endured a near six and a half minute field goal drought that was broken with 1:38 to go. Wright State used that time to its advantage and took a 31-24 lead into halftime.

The Pirates shot 8-for-24 (.333) from the floor and 3-for-12 (.250) from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes. The Raiders shot 11-for-20 (.550) overall and 5-for-10 (.500) from beyond the arc.

ECU cut its deficit to three at 33-30 in the first two minutes of the second half, but Wright State continued its hot shooting by making five of its first seven shots in the period to generate a 13-0 run and take a 16-point lead with 14:57 left in the game.

Williams found a groove and scored eight of the Pirates' next nine points to bring East Carolina back within 10, 50-40, with 12:30 to play, but the Raiders kept their lead in double digits until a 7-0 scoring spurt capped by a Williams jumper with 4:55 remaining brought the Pirates within four of Wright State, 61-57.

The Pirates could draw no closer however, as they went scoreless over the ensuing four minutes, resulting in the 14-point defeat.

ECU finished the night 20-for-50 (.400) overall from the field and just 4-for-23 (.174) from downtown. Wright State shot a scorching 61.4 percent (27-44) overall, 60.0 percent (9-15) from 3.

The Raiders placed four in double-figure scoring, led by A.J. Pacher's 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while Matt Vest added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.