White moves to seventh on ECU scoring list, Pirates top NC A&T

White moves to seventh on ECU scoring list, Pirates top NC A&T

From ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- B.J. Tyson had 13 points, five assists, and four rebounds while Caleb White scored 13 points to lead East Carolina to a 61-51 win over North Carolina A&T on Monday night.
Caleb White scored 13 points to move past Brock Young into seventh place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,233 points.

B.J. Tyson went over 900 points for his career. He has scored a total of 906 in 67 career games played.

After being held scoreless in ECU debut Friday against Morgan State, freshman Elijah Hughesposted the first double-figure scoring game of his career, dropping 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with two 3s.

Jabari Craig pulled down double digit rebounds for the first time in his ECU career, grabbing 13 rebounds.

Sam Hunt led North Carolina A&T with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

East Carolina is off to a 2-0 start for the fifth time in seven seasons under coach Jeff Lebo.

How It Happened

ECU went on a 20-3 run over a 7:15 stretch in the first half to break a 6-all tied and take a 26-9 lead with 8:52 to play.

Hunt's opening 3-pointer provided the Aggies with their lone lead of the game before White buried a 3 33 seconds later.

N.C. A&T outscored the Pirates 13-9 to end the half, trimming the Pirates' lead to 13, 35-22, at intermission.

Tyson scored seven of ECU's first 12 second half points as it stretch its lead to 19, 47-28.

Hughes and White buried back-to-back 3s in a span of 0:49 to give ECU its largest lead of the game at 55-34.

N.C. A&T ended the game on a 17-6 run to establish the final margin of 10, 61-51.

Inside The Box Score

ECU was credited with nine blocks, its most since blocking nine against Mount Olive on Dec. 8, 2013.

The Pirates made more free throws (19) than N.C. A&T attempted (16).

Craig's four blocked shots were the most since Brandan Stith rejected four against UTSA in the first round of the 2014 Conference USA Championship (3/11/14).

East Carolina had as many defensive rebounds (33) as the Aggies did total rebounds (33). The Pirates won the battle of the boards by 14, 47-13.

White made half of ECU's 3-point field goals. He buried three with Hughes (2) and Tyson (1) combining for the other three.

 They Said It

ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo

"That was a great win for the Pirates. I thought we defended well and rebounded well. That's what won the game. Offensively their zone bothered us a little bit; we didn't shoot the ball very well. Up 21 with seven minutes to go, we kind of went through the motions a little bit. Overall, we did some good things particularly defensively. Jabari was great offensive rebounding, he had eight offensive boards. I thought Caleb (White) was good but he got in foul trouble in the first half and that hurt us. He's our best shooter out there but I thought Elijah (Hughes) came out there and it gave us a big lift as a freshman. He's a guy that we're going to count on shooting the ball from the perimeter. He was very frustrated after the first game but he was excited to have one go down in this one. That was a good team win for us."

Senior Caleb White

"I had more confidence this game. I got the jitters out from last game and I felt comfortable out there (tonight)."

Freshman Elijah Hughes

"It was just game flow, getting after it on defense and translating it to offense. It's just all about confidence. Coach Lebo told me to keep shooting it and keep letting it fly and that's what I did."
Next Tip-Off

East Carolina returns to action Thursday, Nov. 17, against Charlotte. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Halton Arena on the UNCC campus.