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Men's Basketball Host St. Andrews Monday Night

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    Greenville, N.C. --- East Carolina will look to snap a five-game losing streak as it embarks upon play in 2005 when it hosts Division II St. Andrews College on Monday, January 3 at 7 p.m. The game is East Carolina's final non-conference game of the season. The game will be the first of three games in a six-day span for the Pirates.

    Following Monday's game, the Pirates will open Conference USA play Wednesday night at home against USF then travel to Charlotte for a date with the 49ers on Saturday night.

    East Carolina, currently in the midst of the a five-game skid, is 4-7 overall this season after losing to Clemson this past Wednesday, 74-40. Mike Cook led all scorers with a game-high 18 points, while Moussa Badiane grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

    The Pirates suffered their worst shooting night of the season, connecting on just 21.1 percent of their field goal attempts (12-57) and 13.3 percent of its shots from three-point distance (2-15). The Clemson Tigers, whose starting frontcourt of Sharrod Ford, Cheyenne Moore and Akin Akingbala combined for 34 points, shot 55.6 percent from the floor. Ford and guard Shawan Robinson led Clemson scorers with 14 points each.

    The St. Andrews game is the first of four home games in the next five contests for East Carolina. Other than Saturday's upcoming game at Charlotte, the Pirates don't play another road game until Jan. 19 at Louisville.

    ECU and St. Andrews have met just once previously with the Pirates defeating the Knights, 65-48, on December 1, 1992. The Pirates are 2-2 at home this season with wins over Division II Belmont Abbey and Toledo. Old Dominion escaped Minges Coliseum with a one-point win, while Winthrop handed the Pirates a 15-point loss.

    Cook leads the Pirates in scoring with a 16.2 points per game average and ranks among the league's top 10 scorers. Rouse is ECU's leading rebounder with 9.2 boards per game, third best in Conference USA.