Scores

Final

N Carolina Cent 62

(1-19, 0-14 away)

East Carolina 79

(6-7, 5-6 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 5, 2008

    Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    1 2 T
    NCCU 22 4062
    ECU 41 3879

    Top Performers

    North Carolina Central: C. Futrell 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    East Carolina: D. Jenkins 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 13 Ast

    East Carolina 79, N.C. Central 62

    Associated Press

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Cory Farmer and John Fields each scored 16 points Saturday night to help East Carolina beat North Carolina Central 79-62.

    Darrell Jenkins added 10 points and 13 assists for the Pirates (6-7), who matched their win total for all of last season. East Carolina shot 51 percent for the game, including 10-for-24 from 3-point range, and led by as many as 25 points in its final nonconference game.

    The Pirates travel to second-ranked Memphis to open Conference USA play on Wednesday night.

    Charles Futrell had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles (1-19), who are in their first year of Division I competition. It was N.C. Central's 17th road game of the season.

    East Carolina built a double-digit lead in the first 5 minutes and shot 58 percent for the half to take a 41-22 lead at the break. The Pirates pushed that margin to 50-25 on a three-point play by Jenkins with 17:38 left.

    N.C. Central hung around, closing to within 61-51 on Futrell's 3-pointer with 8:59 to play. But the Eagles never got closer, and East Carolina went 5-for-6 at the line in the last 2 minutes to seal it.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NCCU
    ECU
    Points 62 79
    FG Made-Attempted 24-55 (.436) 25-49 (.510)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-12 (.333) 10-24 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-17 (.588) 19-28 (.679)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 25

    2007-08 Season

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