In the highest scoring game they have played this season, East Carolina University men’s basketball team (2-6, 0-0 AAC) fell to James Madison University (5-3, 0-0 CAA) by 10 points with a final score of 99-89.
ECU continued to increase in free throw accuracy, making 16-of-18 attempts (88.9%). They picked up their field goal percentage between the first and second half, making 40.63% (13-of-32) in the first half and 50% in the second half (17-of-34).
The Pirates defense was lacking against JMU’s offense. James Madison junior forward Dwight Wilson and junior guard Matt Lewis both scored double-doubles during the game. Wilson had 16 points and 15 rebounds, Lewis tied Wilson in points and also had 10 assists throughout the game.
Wilson and Lewis were only two of JMU’s five double digit scorers. Junior guard Darius Banks lead the Dukes with 22 points. Defensively, James Madison had 10 blocks and three steals. They ended the game shooting 59.6% (31-of-52) from the floor and 46.2% from the outside, sinking 12-of-26 three-point shots.
"I'm very disappointed in the way we guarded," head coach Joe Dooley said in a press release. "We didn't guard the dribble and they were able to get downhill. Our offensive stats were good enough to win 99 percent of the games, that's why is especially disappointing. We spent so much more time on defense and it doesn't look like it. It's very disheartening."
The Pirates also saw a large increase in three-point shots this weekend, due in large part to freshman guard Logan Curtis. In only 17 minutes of play, Curtis became ECU’s leading scorer with 18 points, making it the first double digit finish of his career. He made 6-of-9 shots from the three-point line and 6-of-10 field goals, adding three assists during his time on the court.
East Carolina also saw the long awaited debut of sophomore guard Treymont Robinson-White. Robinson-White started his first game with ECU after missing the first six games this season due to an injury. He saw 24 minutes on the court and accumulated 14 points, making him the fourth leading scorer for the Pirates during the game.
The Pirates did keep the score close throughout the game, ending the first half only seven points behind. Overall, JMU was able to keep pace and push the score to a ten point lead in the second half. The game finished with a loss for the Pirates, the final score being 99-89.
East Carolina will bring it home to Minges Coliseum this Tuesday when the Pirates play against Coppin State University (3-6, 0-0 MEAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.