After getting its first road win of the year against Tulane University, the East Carolina University men’s basketball team lost to both the University of Tulsa and Wichita State University by double digits.
On Tuesday night in what was senior night for Wichita State (16-13, 9-8 AAC), ECU (10-19, 3-14 AAC) started off strong but fell behind quickly. The Pirates led 4-0 before the Shockers went on a 18-5 run to lead 18-9 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Wichita State went up by as much as 14 points, 32-18 before leading at the half 34-22.
Both teams shot well early into the second half. The Shockers went up by 17 five minutes in to the second half, 42-25. ECU managed to cut the lead to 11. Wichita State responded by going up by 19 points with 1:49 left in the game, 72-53 before winning in the end 72-55.
Senior guard Isaac Fleming scored 17 points to lead the way for the Pirates. Sophomore guard Shawn Williams added 12 points and freshman forward/center Rico Quinton recorded his first double-double scoring a career high 11 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
On Sunday, the Pirates jumped out the gates strong, but allowed the Golden Hurricane (18-12, 8-9 AAC) to use a big run to take a big lead.
ECU led 5-0 early before Tulsa went on a 14-27 run to lead 19-27 with six minutes left until halftime. The Pirates got within one, 32-33, thanks to three-point baskets by freshman guard DeShaun Wade and Williams with 3:13 left in the first half. The Golden Hurricane finished the half on a 4-12 run to lead 36-45 at halftime.
In the second half, Tulsa managed to double its halftime lead to 18 with 7:13 left in the game. ECU brought the score to 73-83 with 2:50 left in the game but would end up being on the losing end of a high scoring affair 78-91 to the Golden Hurricane.
Fleming and freshman forward Jayden Gardner both recorded double-doubles in the loss to Tulsa. Fleming had 20 points and 10 rebounds while Gardner finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Williams had 18 points and junior forward Seth LeDay added 15 points in the loss.
With the loss, ECU falls to 1-11 on the road and is locked in as the No. 11 seed going into the American Athletic Conference tournament which begins on March 14. The Pirates will close out the regular season on senior day against the University of Connecticut at home on Sunday. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m. in Minges Coliseum.