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Pirates Fall To Cross-State Rival Western Carolina

Taylor Gagnon scored a career-high 10 points against Western Carolina.
Taylor Gagnon scored a career-high 10 points against Western Carolina.

Dec. 10, 2005

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Greenville, N.C. - Kyle Greathouse made three first-half 3s and scored a game-high 12 points to lead Western Carolina to a 56-48 win over East Carolina here Saturday night.

Corey Muirhead also added 10 points in the victory as WCU (6-6) sent its cross-state rival to their third consecutive loss holding the lead for the final 28:49.

Sam Hinnant, Taylor Gagnon and Corey Rouse each scored10 points for East Carolina (3-4). Rouse also tallied a game-high 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and 16th of his career.

The Catamounts made six first half 3s and finished the game shooting 50 percent from behind the arc, 8-for-16. Conversely ECU couldn't find its outside shooting touch as the Pirates made just 3-of-19 extra point attempts. WCU ended the game shooting 46.3 percent (19-of-41), while ECU connected on just 31.7 percent (13-of-41) of its field goal attempts.

ECU trailed by 12, 36-48, with 6:20 remaining, but trimmed its deficit to four with 59 seconds left on a Courtney Captain lay up, 52-48. The Pirates then sent Greathouse to the line, where he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity.

On ECU's ensuing possession, Captain stepped out-of-bounds in front of the ECU bench to turn the ball back over. Jared Outing then made 1-of-2 free throws to push the lead to five before Greathouse extended the lead even further with another free throw following an ECU miss.



The Catamounts' leading scorer Antonio Russell calmly sank two free throws with 20 seconds on the clock to determine the final margin of victory.