Despite a career-high in scoring from sophomore guard Tremont Robinson-White, the Pirates were unable to grab a win on Saturday.
Following the loss to its to the University of Houston (17-5, 7-2 AAC) on Wednesday, the East Carolina University (9-13, 3-6 AAC) men’s basketball team dropped another game, this time to Temple University (11-10, 3-6 AAC), with a final score of 76-64 on Saturday. ECU has lost five out of the past six games, each by 10 points or more.
The Pirates came out to a slow start against the Owls. The game opened up with a three-point bucket from Temple, which turned into a 16-point deficit for ECU in the middle of the first half. They hit five threes during the outburst and showed no signs of slowing down.
With the score being 26-10 in favor of the Owls, the game was looking like a blowout, but then a spark of hope came from the underdogs. East Carolina went on a 22-4 scoring run and pushed themselves to the lead at the end of the half. They went into the locker room leading 32-30 before the second half began.
Unfortunately, the halftime break seemed to freeze the Pirates’ momentum. After an amazing end to the first half, ECU immediately allowed Temple to hit back-to-back three-pointers. The home team eventually hit a total of five shots from long-range during the second half and controlled the lead.
Robinson-White dropped a career-high in points with 21 points. He also put up a perfect 4-of-4 effort from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Tristen Newton put up 13 points and hit a pair of three-pointers for his team.
Sophomore forward Jayden Gardner only scored 11 points with seven rebounds. This tied his season-low in scoring, matching his performance against Appalachian State University earlier in the season.
Temple had four players hit double-figures in scoring. They were led by senior guard Quinten Rose who scored 20 points for the Owls. Junior forward J.P. Moorman II, junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis and senior guard Alani Moor II all tied in scoring with 14 points.
The East Carolina Pirates will face off against the University of Central Florida (11-10, 2-7 AAC) on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Minges Coliseum.