BJ Tyson

Senior guard B.J. Tyson during ECU's game against UCF.

The East Carolina University men’s basketball team traveled to Texas for a matchup with the No. 23 ranked University of Houston on Sunday, resulting in a 109-58 blowout in favor of the Cougars.

The first half was an absolute obliteration against the Pirates’ defense. ECU (10-17, 4-12 AAC) led for only 17 seconds in the first half, holding a 3-2 lead. From then on, the Pirates could not keep up with Houston (22-6, 12-4 AAC). The Cougars at one point were up 35-7 with still 10 minutes to go in the first half. With 4:40 left in the half, Houston already eclipsed 50 points and finally entered half time with a monstrous 49 point lead, 62-13.

ECU as a team shot just 21.7 percent (5-for-23) from the field in the half, only making one of its eight attempts from behind-the-arc. The Pirates were outscored 20-2 in the paint, 17-5 off turnovers and 12-0 in fastbreak points.

The second half only got worse for ECU. With the game already decided, the Cougars kept scoring baskets, blowing the lead open to 81-28 with 11:16 remaining. The Pirates never caught up and lost their third straight game 109-58.

Senior guard B.J. Tyson provided some sort of life for ECU, finishing with 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field, passing Darrius Morrow for fifth on ECU’s all-time scoring list with 1,529 points. Redshirt freshman guard Shawn Williams added 14 points, scoring 12 in the second half.

ECU shot 37.3 percent from the field in the end and just 28.6 percent from deep in the loss. The Cougars finished on the other side of the spectrum, shooting 66.7 percent from the field (42-for-63) and from three (18-for-27).

The Pirates will have their last home game on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Minges Coliseum as they host the University of Tulsa (9-20, 3-13 AAC) on senior night.

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