GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Jontae Sherrod scored 17 points and East Carolina defeated St. Andrew's 74-69 on Saturday night.
The Pirates (5-6) opened the second half on a 6-2 run, breaking a 28-28 tie at halftime. Sherrod hit two free throws with 18:40 left to put East Carolina ahead 34-30.
The Division II Knights (5-4) regained the lead, 54-50, on Marvin Jackson's 3-pointer with 9:36 to play, but the Pirates then pulled away.
East Carolina scored 10 straight and Darrius Morrow put the Pirates up 60-54 with 7:14 left to play.
St. Andrew's tied it one more time, 68-68, on Zack Garst's jumper with 1:51 to play. The Pirates then got a layup from Brock Young, forced a turnover, and Sherrod hit a jump shot for a 72-68 lead with 16 seconds left.
Morrow scored 15 points, and Jamar Abrams and Young each had 14 for East Carolina.
Jackson paced the Knights with 18 points.