Men's Basketball Hosts NC Central In Lone Exhibition Game Saturday Night

UABSPORTS.COM Corey Rouse is ECU's top returning scorer at over 10 points per game.
Corey Rouse is ECU's top returning scorer at over 10 points per game.

Nov. 11, 2005

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's basketball team will play its lone exhibition game of the season Saturday night as it hosts Division II North Carolina Central inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum at 7 p.m. This will be the Pirates' final tune-up before regular season play begins next Friday night, Nov. 18, with at home against North Carolina A&T.

The game will mark the unofficial debut of new Pirate head coach Ricky Stokes, who took over the program back on March 16 after serving as an assistant coach on Dave Odom's staff at South Carolina the last two seasons. Stokes' will dress out eight returning lettermen and six newcomers on Saturday night.

Although it lost its exhibition game to Duke Thursday night by a wide margin, N.C. Central will come into the contest with the experience of already having played a game together. Henry Dickerson, former assistant coach to Pirate associate head coach Mack McCarthy at Chattanooga for eight years, coaches the Eagles. Dickerson is in his second season in Durham and led the Eagles to a 16-12 record a year ago.

The game will mark the beginning of the final season of the careers of seniors Corey Rouse and Mike Castro. Rouse led Conference USA in rebounding last year and returns this season as the nation's fourth leading rebounder. Named preseason all-conference by various publications, Rouse will look to become the 19th player in school history to grab 500 career rebounds this season.

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WZMB 91.3 FM will provide play-by-play coverage of Saturday night's exhibition game locally in Greenville.