East Carolina Falls to Charlotte, 76-64
Dec. 3, 2011
Greenville, N.C. - Charlotte opened the second half with an 11-2 run and held off a frenetic East Carolina rally to earn a 76-64 victory over the Pirates on Saturday evening inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Jamar Briscoe paced the 49ers (4-2) with 19 points. Chris Braswell and Javarris Barnett each chipped in 13 points.
Senior Miguel Paul led the Pirates (4-3) with a career-high 22 points, while he dished out five assists. Junior Shamarr Bowden, who played his freshman season at Charlotte, provided a spark off the bench connecting on a trio of 3-pointers and finished 13 points. Erin Straughn added 11 points in the loss.
Charlotte extended its second-half lead to 66-47 with 5:05 remaining in the contest, but East Carolina made a furious rally down the stretch as it trimmed the lead to five, 69-64, with 2:39. Bowden knocked down a 3-pointer, four straight points from Paul, a Straughn lay-up and another Bowden 3 cut the Pirate deficit to 67-59 in a matter of 1:03.
The trapping defense forced another steal and Paul knocked down two free throws to get the Pirates within six points of the lead. Paul knocked down another foul shot to trim Charlotte's lead to five at 69-64 with 2:39 left, but that was as close as ECU got as the 49ers closed the game with a 7-0 spurt to collect the victory.
After falling behind 17-7 in the opening stanza, ECU went on a 13-0 run, sparked by 3-pointers from Straughn, Paris Roberts-Campbell and Paul. Charlotte regained the lead on a layup by DeMario Mayfield with 5:04 left in the first half and the 49ers took a 26-25 lead into intermission.
The Pirates shot just 32.1-percent in the first half, while the 49ers were held to a 37.9-percent shooting clip. The 49ers overcame a sluggish first half offensively and shot 55.2-percent from the field in the final twenty minutes, which included six 3-pointers, while ECU connected on just 31.7-percent of its second half attempts (13-41) and finished 22-of-69 from the floor.
Senior Darrius Morrow had eight rebounds, but was held scoreless for the first time in his career.
The Pirates return to the hardwood Tuesday, Dec. 6 against Massachusetts. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.