Basketball: Cougars Hit the Road for East Carolina (W 73-62)

Cougars schedule is much easier here on out as the AAC tries to build tourney resumes for their teams by allowing the stronger teams to face each other. I think this is a promising team that’s just way too young right now. Need to learn how to win and hopefully we see that over the next few weeks.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
East Carolina enters play with a 10-12 overall record and a 1-8 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Pirates have lost six straight contests, most recently falling to Tulsa 100-92 in overtime.

As a team this season, East Carolina averages 63.2 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 69.4. The Pirates shoot 40.8 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line while allowing their opponents to shoot 41.2 and 28.8 percent respectively.

A pair of Pirates average double figure points per game, with Kristen Gaffney leading the way with 14.8. Bre McDonald sits second on the team while contributing 11.9 points per game. Gaffney also leads the squad on the glass, pulling down 6.4 rebounds per contest, while McDonald comes in right behind at 6.3 boards per game.

Win has been a long time coming. Great to see; hope it kickstarts something:

NEWS AND NOTES

Houston led the contest for 34:27 and never relinquished the lead after the first quarter.
The Cougars were able to get out and run in the game, outscoring the Pirates 12-0 on fast-break points.
Houston dominated the contest on the glass, outrebounding East Carolina 44-29, including 16-12 on the offensive end.
The Cougars have been battling injuries all season and played just nine student-athletes in the game. Four of Houston’s five starters registered over 30 minutes.

UP NEXT FOR THE COUGARS
Houston continues its 2-game road trip when they head east to Orlando to take on UCF. Tipoff against the Knights is scheduled for 6 p.m., CT.

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