Isaac Fleming tulane game

Junior Isaac Fleming drives to the net against Tulane University earlier this month.

B.J. Tyson’s miracle layup at the end of regulation wasn’t enough for East Carolina University’s men’s basketball team to complete a ferocious comeback, losing in overtime to Tulane University, 71-69.

In overtime, both teams combined to make three shots, with Tulane (13-8, 4-5 AAC) outscoring ECU (8-13, 2-8 AAC) 4-2 to pull out the victory. Melvin Frazier, the Green Wave’s junior forward, made the final basket of the game, finishing with a game-high 22 points. His 17 in the first half forced ECU into a zone defense which impeded Tulane, allowing ECU back into the game.

“I wanted to have another change of defense. We did not have a zone in, but it takes you awhile to get comfortable,” ECU interim head coach Michael Perry said. “The guys did a good job moving, communicating, then rebounding out ultimately. It was a game changer for us.”

The Pirates trailed 39-28 entering the second half. Junior forward Kentrell Barkley sparked the comeback, scoring four consecutive points, then assisting on redshirt freshman guard Shawn Williams’ three-pointer, putting ECU ahead 57-55. After trading baskets, Tulane led by two with two seconds remaining as freshman guard Colin Slater missed the first free-throw of his one-and-one, keeping it a one possession game.

Following a timeout, Barkley inbounded with the game on the line, heaving the ball down court, finding Tyson behind everyone. He hauled it in, then made a last second lay-up while falling down.

“I just had flashbacks of me playing wide receiver in high school,” Tyson said. “I just jumped up in the air and felt it in my hands. I didn’t even know I was that close to the rim so I just turned around (and) threw it up.”

In the first half, freshman guard K.J. Davis surpassed his career-high of seven points, dropping 10 on three made three-pointers. Williams scored a team-high 15 points for ECU, followed by 12 from both Tyson and Barkley, along with Barkley having a career-high 18 rebounds.

ECU looks to rebound after this loss and break a three-game losing streak on Saturday against Memphis University (14-8, 5-4 AAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Daniel Roberts contributed to this story.

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