ECU holds off NC A&T

ECU holds off NC A&T

ECU Press Release

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- B.J. Tyson scored 21 points and Charles Foster had 11 of his 13 in the second half to lead East Carolina to a 71-60 win over North Carolina A&T on Sunday.

The win extended the Pirates' homecourt winning streak over non-conference opponent to 10 games and snapped the Aggies four-game winning streak.

Freshman Kentrell Barkley added 11 points off the Pirates' bench, which outscored the Aggies' reserves 30-18. Barkley led all players with seven rebounds as ECU won the battle of boards by seven and turned 12 offensive rebounds into 19 points.

"It was a good win., especially with A&T coming in winning four in a row," Pirate head coach Jeff Lebo said. "We didn't shot it very well, but we didn't turn it over."

The Pirates finished the game shooting 45.5 percent from the floor with a season-low 21.1 (4 of 9) outside the arc. However, ECU committed just 10 turnovers , while forcing 14 turnovers and holding the Aggies to 39.6 percent shooting.

East Carolina fell in a seven-point hole, 18-11, less than 12 minutes into the contest, but responded with an18-2 run over a seven-minute span. Tyson scored all of his first half points during the stretch, including 10 consecutive. The Pirates scored nine unanswered to take a 20-18 lead before Jamin Lackey tied it for the Aggies (4-8).

The run continued as Tyson made a pair of 3s and a layup with Kentrell Barkley adding a single free throw to give ECU its largest lead of the half, 29-20.

Tyson had 15 points by halftime as the Pirates led 29-26.

Foster and Caleb White took over in the second half, where White scored all 10 of his points and East Carolina hit 15 of 19 free throws.

Bruce Beckford gave A&T a three-point lead, 35-32, which was erased in 48 seconds as Kanu Aja and Prince Williams connected on consecutive field goals and ECU never trailed again.

Aja and Williams' baskets started a 20-5 run over 7:38 to seize control of the game. The Aggies got within seven with 46 seconds left, but the Pirates were good on six free throws to seal it.

East Carolina made 17 of 22 free throws, while the Aggies made just 17 trips to the charity stripe.

"We wanted to try to keep them off the foul line," Lebo said. "You give up shots in[the zone] but you keep people off the foul line. In their last win at home I think they took 43 foul shots, and tonight they only got 17."

Beckford scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to keep the Aggies in the game.