Greenville, N.C. --- Emotions are sure to be running high Saturday night when East Carolina hosts Houston in its home finale inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum at 7 o'clock. It'll be the final home game for senior Moussa Badiane and head coach Bill Herrion, who will be relinquished of his coaching duties at the end of the season.
The game will be televised throughout Eastern North Carolina on WITN-TV 7 with Jeff Charles and Billy Weaver calling the game. The game can also be heard via the internet at ecupirates.com or over the 19-station Pirate Sports Radio Network with Reese Edwards and Si Seymour providing play-by-play and color analysis.
While a victory doesn't automatically secure a bid to the Conference USA Tournament in Memphis, March 9-12, it will go along way toward improving those chances. Following its win over Southern Miss Wednesday night, ECU became one of three teams with four league wins and moved into a tie with USF for 11th place. Since the league expanded to 14 teams in 2001-02, every team that has won at least five league contests has reached the conference tournament.
ECU received a stellar performance from its upper classmen Wednesday night as Badiane as junior Corey Rouse each recorded a double-double. Rouse netted a career-best 21 points for the third time this season and recorded his fourth consecutive double-double, pulling down 13 rebounds in addition. Badiane also scored a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Mike Cook added 19 points in the victory, while freshman Tom Hammonds poured in 15 points.
Houston enters the game riding a three-game winning streak, but are just 2-4 on the road this season against Conference USA competition.
The game will be just the fourth meeting between the two schools. Each team has won the previous meeting on its home floor, but UH's 2002 C-USA Tournament First Round win over ECU in Cincinnati gives the Cougars a 2-1 series advantage.