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GAME THREAD: East Carolina vs FAU - 12/03/14 @ 7:00 PM

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What: East Carolina (4-3) vs FAU (2-3)

When: Wednesday, Dec 3rd @ 7:00 PM

Where: FAU Arena

TV: None

Live Video: Here *FEE

Radio: ESPN 106.3 FM

Live Stats: Here

Pirates Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:


ECU

G Antonio Robinson 3.4 ppg
G Terry Whisnant 12.6 ppg
F Caleb White 13.9 ppg
F Michel Nzege 8.0 ppg
F Michael Zangari 4.6 ppg


FAU

G Marquan Botley 12.2 ppg
G Justin Massey 9.2 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 13.4 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.0 ppg
C Justin Raffington 8.4 ppg


The Series:

Tied at one game each.

01/21/93 A L 60-74
01/16/14 H W 78-67


East Carolina at a Glance:

Offense - 74.9 PPG, 47.7% FG, 32.0% 3PT

Defense - 66.7 PGA, 41.1% FGA, 27.9% 3PTA

Rebounding - 35.6 PG Team, 33.9 PG Opponents


Notables

East Carolina, who is 24-8 in November games under head coach Jeff Lebo, is coming off a 79-54 win over Central Connecticut last Sunday. The team shot a whopping 72% in the first half.

The Pirates also got a big performance from their bench, with guards B.J. Tyson and Lance Tejada each connecting for 14 points off 50% shooting from the floor.

It was the fifth time in 2014-15 that they have outmatched opponents therein, and Tyson is now tied for a team best five double digit efforts for the season.

Forward Michel Nzege matched his career-high with 18 points and became the first player in school history to make nine field goals without a miss.


FAU at a Glance:

Offense - 59.2 PPG, 41.3% FG, 30.7% 3PT

Defense - 60.2 PGA, 41.9% FGA, 20.0% 3PTA

Rebounding - 31.4 PG Team, 34.6 PG Opponents


Notables

Despite a lackluster first half offensively until late, the Owls took down Ave Maria 54-43 on Sunday afternoon - once again behind Jackson Trapp's hot shooting.

Trapp didn't match his career high in points (23), which was set against the Gyrenes last season, but did establish a new career mark in three point field goals with six made.

The Owls continue to work on long range percentage efficiency, however have bucketed more than opponents in each contest on the year thus far. They will be challenged in that regard Wednesday.

"They play a lot of four out and one in and they're going to shoot a lot of threes", said Coach Michael Curry. "Dribble penetration is going to be big. Definitely going to have to rebound better.'


Latest Line:

FAU -2


Owl's Nest Prediction

ECU -5


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Owl Starters:

G Marquan Botley
G Justin Massey
G Jackson Trapp
F Kelvin Penn
C Justin Raffington
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East Carolina started the game with a couple of quick baskets, then went cold. FAU's Justin Raffington has a basket. Since then, the Owls can't score under the rim or from afar. Owls trail 4-2 with 15:53 to play. First media timeout.

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It's Toys for Tots night at The Burrow. fans were encouraged to bring gifts for the needy.

The crowd is pretty sparse tonight, with the student side maybe 25 percent full and the ticketed side maybe one-third full. There isn't much energy here, considering the opponent.
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Jackson Trapp squeaks through for a layup to tie the game at 4 with 14:46 to play.
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It's Toys for Tots night at The Burrow. fans were encouraged to bring gifts for the needy.

The crowd is pretty sparse tonight, with the student side maybe 25 percent full and the ticketed side maybe one-third full. There isn't much energy here, considering the opponent.
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ECU gets two FTs to take a 2-point lead. T.J. Turman takes a nice pass under the rip from Marquan Botley for two to tie the game at 6, then FAU gets a nice block but can't convert it to points.
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Botley hits one of two FTs after a hard foul. Owls lead 7-6.
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We have no band here tonight. The tunes make a big difference.
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FAU gets a break as ECU commits an offensive foul. FAU leads 7-6 with 1:28 to play in the first half at the second media timeout.
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