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Fresh off its first road win of the season, East Carolina will close out a two-game road swing at Tulsa on Wednesday night, looking to snap a six-game losing streak to the Golden Hurricane and earn their first win at the Reynolds Center since Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor), Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress) and Argo (Best Picture) shone brightest at the 85th Annual (2013) Academy Awards.
Tulsa defeated the Pirates, 65-49, in Greenville earlier this season as the Golden Hurricane held ECU to just 19 second half points and 21.7 percent shooting after halftime.
The game was tied at 30-30 at the end of the first half.
"At the end of the first half, we were tied,"
ECU freshman Tristen Newton
said. "So, if we hit some shots, I think we can win."
Pirate sophomore Jayden Gardner
had 19 points in the game and grabbed seven rebounds.
Tulsa's Brandon Rachal, who missed Sunday's game at UCF and the second half of the UConn game, led the Golden Hurricane with 21 points, while Jeriah Horne added 14. Six-foot-8 senior Martins Igbanu had 10 rebounds against ECU.
"I think familiarity helps,"
ECU Head Coach Joe Dooley
said. "We went 2-of-26 from 3, so hopefully the law of averages will come back around. They went 3-for-14. So, it was a bad shooting night for both teams. I do think it gives you some help because we have been able to work on some things and we've tweaked a couple of things."
In the last four games, Igbanu is averaging 24.3 points per game, which included a 30-point game Sunday at UCF following a 29-point performance against UConn.
On the opposite end of the spectrum for ECU is Newton, a 6-foot-5 freshman. He's scored double figures in three straight games, averaging 18.0 points per game. He's netted double figures in five of the last six games, averaging 15.0 points per game during the stretch with 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Newton finished with 18 points and a career-high nine rebounds at Tulane on Saturday after dropping a career-best 23 points on UCF on Thursday.
The American's leading scorer, Gardner has the chance to reach a pair of milestones Wednesday night. He needs two points for 1,000 in his career and seven boards for 500 career rebounds. Thirty-one former Pirates have scored over 1,000 career points, while 23 reached to the 500 rebounds plateau.
East Carolina has scored 69.7 points and allowed 70.3 points over its last three games. Tulsa has managed 61.7 points while allowing 68.7 over its last three.