Road Struggles Return for ECU at Charlotte


Road Struggles Return for ECU at Charlotte

AP Sports Writer

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Demon Brown scored 21 points Saturday night to help Charlotte snap a four-game losing streak with an 83-62 victory over East Carolina.

    Brown made five 3-pointers, including three in a row to push the 49ers (6-7, 1-1 Conference USA) to an early lead they never relinquished.

    Butter Johnson and Curtis Nash scored 15 each for Charlotte and Curtis Withers added 14.

    The loss was a a major setback for East Carolina (10-3, 1-1).

    The Pirates came into the game off to their best start since they opened the 1955 season 10-2 and, with a 73-70 victory over then-No. 13 Marquette, figured they could be among the best in the league in just their second season in the conference.

    Instead, they dropped to 0-9 in C-USA road games and lost their fourth-straight game against Charlotte.

    Coming off an eight-day layoff, the Pirates were sloppy at the start of the game -- and it cost them.

    Derrick Wiley committed a pair of turnovers and Charlotte converted with a layup by Tory Reed and the first of Brown's three straight 3's. He hit two more after a pair of East Carolina misses to give Charlotte an 11-0 lead with 17:53 to play.

    The Pirates didn't score their first basket until senior guard Travis Holcomb-Faye, back after missing five games for academic reasons, scored on a layup to cut Charlotte's lead to 14-2 with 16:40 to play.

    East Carolina could never dig itself out the hole, shooting 45 percent for the game and hitting just four of 13 3-pointers. The Pirates finished with 16 turnovers and failed to notch a single steal.

    Holcomb-Faye led East Carolina with 15 points, but also had six turnovers. Wiley finished with 14 points, five turnover and no assists. East Carolina's backcourt accounted for 14 turnovers and just three assists.

    Moussa Badiane scored 12 for East Carolina and Belton Rivers added 10.

    ECU will host Louisville on Thursday at 9 p.m. in a game televised nationally by ESPN2.