Pirates travel to Boone to face ASU
By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
East Carolina basketball's road-heavy start to the season continues tonight against Appalachian State.
It is the first in-state opponent for ECU, which beat Virginia Military Institute a week ago and then lost Friday night at Navy, 62-57. App. State also is 1-1.
East Carolina at Appalachian State, 7 p.m.
How to watch: ESPN-plus.
Why to watch: It's a rematch of last year's 83-81 victory by the Pirates over the Mountaineers in Greenville, which extended ECU's win streak in the series to three games and made it 39-26 overall in favor of the Pirates. ECU will be looking to defend better during the second half after allowing 39 points to the Midshipmen. The favored Pirates led Navy 29-23 at halftime.
Matchup to watch: Guard Justin Forrest is App. State's leading scorer. Maybe more impressive than the Mountaineers' lone win, an 83-56 victory last Thursday against Division III Ferrum, is losing only 79-71 at Michigan to begin the season. Forrest, who is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, scored a game-high 27 points (10-for-21 from the field) against Michigan and then scored 17 versus Ferrum. ECU started three guards -- Tristen Newton, Brandon Suggs and J.J. Miles -- versus Navy, and also guard/forward Bitumba Baruti with leading scorer Jayden Gardner not in the starting lineup. Gardner still played 26 minutes and scored 15 points.
The East Carolina volleyball team ended its regular season road slate on a high note, defeating South Florida 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 13-25, 25-19) on Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla. The Pirates' win came after a 3-0 loss at UCF on Friday.
ECU (19-9, 6-8 AAC) out-hit the Bulls .283 to .262 and finished with one more kill, 57-56. Bri Wood turned in a standout stat line of 17 kills on 34 attempts with no errors for a .500 hitting percentage. She also had 18 digs, while Brandee Markwith collected 20 digs to lead the Pirate defense, and Toya Osuegbu chipped in four total blocks.
The Pirates have two more matches remaining, both at home in hosting Cincinnati on Friday at 7 p.m. in Minges Coliseum and then Wichita State on Sunday at noon.
- ECU Media Relations