Saturday, December 3, 2016

ESPN3: North Carolina Central Eagles at East Carolina Pirates, 5 PM EST

Game 9: East Carolina vs. N.C. Central
DateSaturday, December 3
Time5 p.m. (ET)
LocationGreenville, N.C. (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)
CoverageLive Stats \\\ Listen Live \\\ ESPN3
Game NotesEast Carolina \\\ N.C. Central
Social MediaTwitter: @ECUScoreboard \\\ @ECUPirateHoops

East Carolina goes for its fifth straight home win Saturday as it welcomes N.C. Central to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

The Pirates, who have won all five previous meetings in the series, have won four of their last five games and bring a record of 6-2 into the game.

After losing its their first two games of the year, the Eagles have won five straight, including a 10-point victory on the road over SEC member Missouri Monday night.

NCCU is coming off a 92-5
5 win over Southern Wesleyan Thursday night, while ECU has been off since its 68-48 victory over Hampton Tuesday. Patrick Cole, NCCU's leading scorer, led his team with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in its latest win. ECU's leading scorer, B.J. Tyson, also led his team to victory last time out scoring 17 points.

Tyson (14.8 ppg) is one of four Pirates' averaging double figures followed by Caleb White (14.3 ppg), Kentrell Barkley (13.0) and Andre Washington (10.0). Washington leads ECU with 12.1 rebounds per game and ranks 15th in NCAA Division I with 21 total blocks.

Tickets for Saturday's game start are $15 for adults, $12 for youth and can be purchased on line at or by calling the ECU Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 342-5328. The first 500 fans will receive an ECU Ugly Holiday Sweater T-shirt. Fans can also enter for a chance to compete for, and win, a pair of tickets to see WWE Live Holiday Tour on Dec. 11 in Minges Coliseum.

The Salvation Army will have bins set up to accept donations of unwrapped toys for its Toys For Tots program.

East Carolina will be shooting for its 18th consecutive non-conference home victory Saturday. The Pirates are 5-0 at home this season against non-conference opponents after going 7-0 inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum prior to American Athletic Conference play a year ago.
N.C. Central represents ECU's fourth MEAC opponent of the season and fifth HBCU foe. East Carolina has won 15 consecutive games against current members of the MEAC with their last lost coming at Morgan State on Dec. 18, 2006.

UPCOMING MILESTONES: B.J. Tyson is one point shy of becoming the 28th player in school history with 1,000 career points. He posted 17 points Tuesday night against Hampton.

Tyson has picked up his scoring prowess recently. After scoring 12, 13, 12 and 14 in the first four games of the season, he netted 17, 15, 17 and 18 in the last four and now leads the Pirates in scoring.
Graduate transfer Andre Washington has led East Carolina in rebounding in five of the last six games with eight rebounds in four of those games and 16 in the other. He's also in a pattern of scoring double figures every other game and will be looking to put together back-to-back double figure scoring games for the first time this season Saturday.

Senior Caleb White continues to climb the ECU career record book. White is four minutes away from becoming just the third player in program history to play 3,300 minutes. He needs to average 17 minutes a game over the final 24 contests to become the Pirates' all-time leader in that category.
Sophomore Kentrell Barkley continues to be a model of consistency. He's scored double figures in six games this season and has secured six or more rebounds six times. Barkley hasn't had fewer than six boards in any contest since the second game of the season. He currently ranks third on the team in scoring, second in rebounding and first in assists.

Freshman Jeremy Sheppard scored nine points against Hampton Tuesday after chipping in seven versus Air Force. After starting the season 2-of-9 shooting, he's made 8-of-12 field goal attempts the last three games.


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