East Carolina meets Appalachian State on Tuesday from the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C. These teams met last season with the Pirates winning, 83-81 at home. Both teams also opened with a 1-1 record.
ECU is coming off a 62-57 loss at Navy, while the Mountaineers crushed Ferrum, 83-56 at home on Nov. 7.
Sloppy play for Pirates against NavyECU opened their season with an 80-68 win over VMU and faced another military school on Friday. The Pirates traveled to Annapolis to face Navy in the Veterans Classic and wound up scoring just 57 points in a loss. East Carolina shot 40.7% from the field and 5-of-18 (27.8%) from the three-point line in the loss. ECU had a 38-31 lead with 14 minutes left and led by four with 6 1/2 minutes left, but allowed the Mids to go on a 19-10 run. Jayden Gardner led the Pirates with 15 points, while Seth LeDay added 11.
The pick and the flush. https://t.co/4JXybUJqzw— ECU Men’s Basketball (@ecubasketball) November 9, 2019
East Carolina returned just one starter from last season and that means things could be a little rocky in the early going. The defense is going to have its struggles though they did force 20 turnovers. LeDay made 12 starts last season and averaged 11 points per game with 5.87 rebounds, but suffered an ACL injury late in the year. Gardner (6-7, 225) is a steady power forward who averaged 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds as a freshman. He's getting some help up front from Ludgy Debaut (7-0, 245), who has averaged 13.5 minutes in the first two games and just two points per game.
A bigger test than FerrumFerrum is a tiny college in Virginia that plays Division III sports. Beating the Panthers by 27 points at home wasn't that of an impressive feat for Appy State, but holding them to 29.6% shooting from the floor and forcing 16 tunovers was. On the negative side, head coach Dustin Kerns could not have been pleased that his team was outrebounded by two. Justin Forrest led the Mountaineers with 17 points and six boards on 6-of-10 shooting. They shot 53.1% from the field, but just 25% (5-of-20) from beyond the arc.
Appalachian State played a solid game in their opener, falling to Michigan by just eight, 79-71. Forrest led them again with 27 points and the Mountaineers shot 45.6% from the field. But they also turned the ball over 18 times led by six from guard Adrian Delph, a sophomore who averaged 7.1 points per game last season. Forrest (16.2ppg last year) is a 6-2 junior, who shot 36.2% from the three-point line and 72.4% from the free throw line. With four starters returning from an 11-21 (6-12 Sun Belt team) squad, they'll need more from their frontcourt to have a successful season.
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