East Carolina can't withstand Old Dominion run, fall 63-58
Pirates drop to 4-2
East Carolina led by seven with just over 12 minutes remaining, but was unable to hold off Old Dominion and dropped a 63-58 decision on Tuesday night at the Ted Constant Convention Center in Norfolk, VA.
The Pirates (4-2) shot less than 30 percent--28.6 (8-of-28) to be exact--but trailed just 25-23 at the break due to a breakout shooting performance by Shamarr Bowden and an improved defensive effort.
Bowden went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and totaled 12 points during his ten minutes of action in the first half.
Old Dominion (4-3) opened a 9-4 advantage--its biggest of the half--with 12:08 remaining. However, the Pirates battled back to knot the game at 16-16 with over eight minutes to go after Bowden caught fire for four trifectas in less than four minutes
Following a see saw start to the second half, a Bowden jumper capped East Carolina's 7-0 run to open up a 42-35 advantage with 12:01 to go.
The Monarchs responded with a 15-2 run over the next four-plus minutes to take a 50-44 lead--its biggest of the game--with just under eight left.
ECU cut its deficit to two on three occasions--the last with 48 seconds to play, but could never get over the hump.