East Carolina University men’s basketball (4-2,0-0 American Athletic Conference) wrapped up the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, South Carolina, with a loss against Davidson College (3-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) 76-67 on Nov. 21 in Coastal Carolina University’s HTC Center.
ECU men’s basketball previously won against Old Dominion University (2-4,0-0 Conference USA) on Nov. 19 but fell short in its Nov. 21 matchup. The game tipped off at 6 p.m. with the jump ball won by Davidson. The Davidson Wildcats held possession of the ball until ECU came in with the first three points of the game from senior forward Vance Jackson.
Fourteen seconds later, Davidson came in with two points of its own with a layup from junior forward/guard Hyunjung Lee. Sophomore guard Tristen Newton followed up with a two-point jumper for ECU and put the score at 2-5.
Lee tied the score at five but Jackson came with a three-pointer and put the Pirates in the lead 5-8. ECU held the lead for the next five minutes until Lee put Davidson ahead by one 12-11, with a three-pointer. The Pirates then fought back when senior guard J.J. Miles put ECU back in the lead by two. East Carolina held the lead with free throws from freshman forward Brandon Johnson and hook shots from junior forward Alanzo Frink.
Junior center Ludgy Debaut followed up with a layup right after Newton came in with a three-pointer and upped the score to 20-29, Pirates in the lead. Three minutes and 39 seconds remained in the first half when both teams came in with a series of three-pointers. Newton scored 18 points in the first half and helped ECU hold the lead for the remainder of the first half. Davidson and ECU entered timeout with a score of 34-45 after a two-pointer from Miles.
The second half of the game opened up with two points for ECU from Newton who put the Pirates at their largest lead of the game. Pirates maintained a temporary lead with strong defense but the Davidson Wildcats entered the second half with a new fire. Junior guard Michael Jones came in with a three-pointer for the red and black.
Davidson picked up seven points as East Carolina went five minutes without any points on the scoreboard. Eventually, junior guard Tremont Robinson-White came in with a jumper for ECU and put the score at 47-53, Pirates still in the lead.
The lead was short-lived as Davidson picked up its game with a series of two-pointers from Lee and sophomore forward Sam Mennenga. The score tied at 55 but ECU pushed ahead again with a three-pointer from Robinson-White. Five minutes remained in the game when Davidson caught the lead with a layup from senior forward Luka Brajkovic, which put the score at 62-60.
The match heated up as both teams fought for the win and Lee came in with another three-pointer for Davidson. The Wildcats were ahead by five but the Pirates continued on as Jackson and Miles scored for ECU. Ultimately, Davidson outscored the Pirates as the final score came out to 72-67. Newton finished with 28 total points and Lee 25.
ECU men’s basketball played in three total games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The first game against the University of Oklahoma (4-1, 0,0 Big 12 Conference) was a close loss 74-79, the next day the team faced Old Dominion and won 73-60, then closed up with a loss against Davidson.
Up next, the Pirates will return to Greenville, North Carolina, to face Coppin State University (1-6, 0-0 Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference) Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. The game will take place in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum and be broadcasted by ESPN+ and WNCT 107.9 FM.