Cougars aim to steal Pirate booty
By Jake McKim
Daily Cougar Staff
The East Carolina Pirates are an average team at best.
But make no mistake, if the Cougars overlook the Pirates Saturday night,
they will be in for a rude awakening.
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Junior guard Marcus Oliver has used his impressive leaping
ability and stifling defense to fill the role of UH's "sixth-man."
The Pirates may be 10-16 overall, but when it comes to defending their
home ship, they don't take kindly to strangers. ECU is 8-5 at home this
season, including wins against tough Conference USA opponents Saint
Louis and Louisville.
The Pirates (3-10 in C-USA) nearly beat dominating teams Cincinnati
and Charlotte at home as well, losing to both by fewer than 10 points
earlier this season.
The Pirates are coming off a blowout 75-42 loss at Louisville in which
they shot only 27 percent from the field.
ECU is led by Erroyl Bing (who is averaging 13.4 points, 8.7 rebounds
on the season), Gabriel Mikulas (13.2 points, 5.7 boards) and Kenyatta
Brown (11.1 points).
Meanwhile, the Cougars (15-11 overall, 8-5 in C-USA) are on a roll,
having won three straight with important victories over South Florida,
Memphis and Tulane. Senior guard Dominic Smith has put the Cougars
on his back and is now averaging 15.7 points per game after scoring 30
against Tulane on Tuesday.
Junior forward Louis Truscott is having a monster year, averaging 13.3
points and 9.6 boards. Truscott pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds
against Tulane and has 12 double-doubles this season.
The game, which can be heard on KBME-AM 790, tips off at 6 p.m. at ECU's
Williams Arena in Greenville, S.C.