Men's Hoops Wins Third Straight
Nov. 19, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina men's basketball team produced four players in double-figures, including career-high scoring performances from senior James Legan and sophomore Brock Young, to defeat Campbell University, 86-65, Wednesday night inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Legan led all scorers with a career- and game-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 6-of-12 on 3-point shots. Young totaled 18 points and went a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe. The point guard also dished out six assists to help lead the Pirates to its first 3-0 start since the 2003-04 season.
The Fighting Camels (1-1) placed three players in double-figures in Jonathan Rodriguez (14), Chad Thompson (10) and Preston Dodson (10), respectively.
The contest, which marked the first matchup between the in-state foes since 2003, was a back-and-forth physical battle for much of the first half. The game featured a total of 69 foul shots, 35 by Campbell and 34 from ECU.
The Pirates jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage thanks to a Wynn layup and sophomore Jamar Abrams' 3-pointer. The Fighting Camels knotted the score at seven, on a basket by William Kossangue at 16:44. ECU used a 7-0 run during the next two minutes to retake the lead, 14-7. Campbell answered back with an 8-0 rally of its own, and took its first lead of the game, 15-14, on a foul shot by Junard Hartley with 11:37 remaining.
Young helped his squad retake the lead with five straight points to make the score 19-15. Again, the Fighting Camels rallied with a 5-0 spurt to take a one-point advantage, 20-19 at the 7:43 mark.
With 6:21 left, the Pirates used a 21-6 outburst to close out the stanza and take a 40-26 advantage into halftime. Wynn scored seven of his first half 11 points during the run.
The stingy Pirates' defense forced 11 turnovers and held the opponent to 24 percent (6-for-25) from the field in the first half. Campbell didn't make a field goal over the final 10:32 of the half and managed just nine points from the foul line during that span.
In the second half, Campbell cut the deficit to 12 points at the 14:02 mark on pair of free throws by Preston Dodson, but could get no closer the rest of the night. Hinnant sank a jumper in the lane followed by a Legan 3-pointer to push the Pirates' lead to 18 points - 62-44 - and force the Fighting Camels into a timeout. The ECU advantage reached as high as 23 points - 79-56 - when Legan scored a basket with 3:44 left in the game.
The next game for the Pirates is Saturday, November 22 at 4:30 p.m. against George Mason in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.