Men's Basketball Travels To Wofford For Home-And-Home Finale Wednesday
Nov. 29, 2005
Four days after defeating Wofford at home in overtime, East Carolina will take its first road trip of the season on Wednesday as it makes the trek to Spartanburg, S.C. to conclude a home-and-home series with its border-state rival. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Benjamin Johnson Coliseum on the Wofford campus.
The game can be heard over the internet at www.ecupirates.com or across the 18-station Pirate Sports Radio Network with Jeff Charles and Si Seymour calling the action.
The Pirates' visit to Spartanburg will be their first in nearly 10 years and just its second overall. ECU defeated Wofford in its only other trip to the South Carolina "upstate" area on December 4, 1995, 68-58.
ECU enters Wednesday night's game with an overall record of 2-1 after playing its first three games of the year at home. The Pirates are averaging 76 points per game and are shooting 47.6 percent from the filed after it shot over 50 percent in two of the first three games.
Wofford owns an overall record of 2-3, which includes a 1-0 record at home. The Terriers are averaging 67.6 points per game, while holding their opponents to 58.0 points per contest.
East Carolina owns an all-time record of 3-0 against Wofford, but has lost each of its last two visits to the Palmetto State (Clemson 2004, Coastal Carolina 2002).
Last Time Out: ECU 70, Wofford 68 (overtime)
Recapping The Wofford Game
Off To Another Winning Start
The fourth game of the season has been a stumbling block the previous five years. ECU has one its fourth game of the year only once since the dawn of the new millennium, when it won its first eight games of the 2002-03 season. Losses include: at Saint Louis (2000); at Appalachian State (2001); at George Mason (2003); at Gardner-Webb (2004). Its lone victory during this stretch was at Radford in 2002.
Road Coaching Debuts
Eddie Payne, Mike Steele, Charlie Harrison and Dave Odom all lost their first road tests at Duke, while Larry Gillman lost to Indiana (1977) and Dave Patton lost at NC State (1975). Bill Herrion's debut was a road loss to Robert Morris (1999).
McNeil Moving Up Charts
Saturday against Wofford, McNeil recorded six steal to brings his career total to 106, four shy of fourth place. He is one of just five players in school history to record 100 steals.
Hinnant leads the Pirates in three-point field goals made (7) and three-point field goal percentage (.368). He hit 6-of-13 threes in the first two games and his lone triple against Wofford gave ECU a five-point lead in overtime.
Beale has scored double figures in each of the last two games, including 21 against Gardner-Webb. After netting just two points in the opener, Beale is averaging 17.5 points the past two games.
Captain handed out five assists and scored 11 points Saturday against Wofford. Captain ranks second on the team in assists per game (3.6).