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NEW ORLEANS Jayden Gardner
scored 20 points and Tristen Newton
added 18 to lead East Carolina past Tulane, 81-67, at Foegelman Arena on Saturday, snapping the Pirates' three-game losing streak and earning a season series sweep of the Green Wave.
Newton also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, while distributing four assists. Brandon Suggs
and Tyrie Jackson
each scored 11 points off the bench with Bitumba Baruti
adding nine points and garnering nine rebounds in a career-best 33 minutes of action.
Despite 11 first half turnovers, ECU led 37-34 at halftime. The Pirates built a 17-10 lead in the first seven minutes, but trailed by one with seven minutes left in the opening half.
Newton then capped a 15-8 ECU run with his only 3 off the game to put his team back up by six, 35-29, with under a minute remaining in the half. Tulane's Christion Thompson made a pair of free throws with one second left before intermission to make it a three-point game at halftime.
Five different players scored for the Pirates in the first four of the second half as they quickly pushed their lead out to double figures.
Tulane cut the Pirates' lead to three, 64-61, with 4:50 to play but Jackson scored the game's next six points, converting two 3-point plays for a nine-point ECU cushion with 3:10 left in the game.
East Carolina ended the game on a 17-6 run to win its first road win of the year.
The Pirates finished the game shooting 52.7 percent from the floor, while holding the Green Wave to 37.7 percent. They also dominated on the glass, winning the battle of boards by 20.
Christion Thompson had 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Green Wave (10-13, 2-9), who have now lost seven straight games. K.J. Lawson added 20 points. Nic Thomas had 10 points.
ECU returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Tulsa. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
ECU Head Coach Joe Dooley
"I thought we did some good things. We got off to a good start and the guys played with good energy. It is hard to win on the road. It's a good road win. I think it helps our guys a little bit. We've been on a little bit of a tear going the wrong way and hopefully we can use this as momentum to finish the season out."
"I thought we were good with the ball with 18 assists on 29 field goals. The only negative is we turned it over too much. We had some boneheaded turnovers, especially in the first half. Second half, we did a little better job. I thought for the most part though we moved the ball really well and the guys did a good job of sharing it."
"In the second half, I don't think we missed the front end of a one-and-one and we closed it out at the end which is what you need to do - step up and make your free throws. We did a nice job especially in the second half of rebounding the ball."
"We are better than we were a month ago. Sometimes it doesn't always show, but we're becoming a better team and the young guys are getting a lot of minutes. Hopefully that will helps us in the future."
- East Carolina earned its 10th win of the season, equaling its total from the entire 2019-20 season. ECU also recorded its fourth American Athletic Conference victory of the season, surpassing its total of three conference victories a year ago.
- ECU earned its fifth straight win on the series and seventh straight at Fogelman Arena.
- The Pirates improved to 10-1 when holding their opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting as well as when shooting a higher shooting percentage from the field.
- ECU had four players scored double figures for the first time since four players scored double digit points against SMU on Jan. 11, 2020.
- East Carolina recorded its largest rebounding margin of the season, 20 (46-26).
- Jayden Gardner scored 20 points to break his career scoring total to 998 points. It was his 14th 20-point game of the season and sixth in American Athletic Conference play. It was also the 17th time he led the Pirates in scoring this season.
- Tristen Newton scored double figures for the third straight game, his longest streak of the season, and for the fifth time in the last six games. His nine rebounds were one more than his previous career-high of eight against Campbell (Dec. 14, 2019).
- Tyrie Jackson scored double figures for the first time in seven games for his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season. He also made his first 3 since the Pirates' win over SMU on Jan. 11.