ECU Season Ends With Overtime Loss To Jacksonville

Ayron Hardy and Travis Cohn combined to score 30 points, made numerous plays on both ends of the floor – with Hardy hitting a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to force overtime and Cohn scoring a team-high 18 points as the Dolphins knocked off East Carolina, 71-66, in the first round of the Postseason Tournament.

Jacksonville (20-11) clinched its second straight 20-win season for the first time since 1974 and the Dolphins advanced in the postseason for the second straight year for the first time in program history.

After seeing Jontae Sherrod hit a step-back 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to give ECU (18-16) a 58-55 lead. On the ensuing possession, Cohn’s pass for Delwan Graham slipped through his hands and directly to Hardy, who coolly stepped behind the arc and drained the trey to force OT.

In overtime, the two teams swapped baskets before the Dolphins took control. The Dolphins scored five straight points to break a tie at 60, capping the spurt with a Tevin Galvin steal and dunk with 2:32 left.

The Pirates got the deficit to three, but JU’s defense stayed the story of the game, holding ECU to just 1-of-6 from the floor in the extra session as the Dolphins outscored the Pirates, 13-8, to pick up the win.

Four Dolphins finished in double figures, with Hardy scoring 12 points and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Keith McDougald and Tevin Galvin had 11 each off the bench for JU.

The Dolphins took a 27-26 lead at halftime after Erin Straughn hit a 3-pointer in the corner for ECU. JU led for more of the half and built an eight point lead with 2:20 left before the late surge by the Pirates.

Sherrod finished with a game-high 26 points, hitting four 3-pointers, including 18 in the second half and overtime. Darrius Morrow finished with his fourth straight double-double, scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Jacksonville advances to the second round of the CIT and will await the results from tomorrow’s action before finding out its next opponent.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    And you write way too many useless and unreadable comments.
  • by JTG on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    It doesn't take much to get a Bowl game anymore. There are way too many useless and unwatchable Bowls.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:08 PM
    ECU's football team has been to 5 straight bowls. I don't think I would call that rare. These comments are typical from ignorant, uneducated, Wal-Mart ACC fans.
  • by Dave Location: Right here right now on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Yeah anonymous, Buuuuud is actually correct. ECU has been to multiple Bowls in a row. It's too bad they lost a majority of them. Perhaps ECU will win 6 games this year and go to the inaugural Cottonelle Bowl. When it comes to ECU basketball, it's rare that they ever beat a Division I non conference team, so nobody should be surprised with this loss.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    Yeah Anonymous @ 9:47, ECU has been to multiple bowls in a row now and won the conference twice, but our football team is terrible and it's rare to make a bowl game? Riiiight. "Oh well those bowls don't count, they let anybody play these days." Yeah, that's why UNC limped into a weak bowl themselves and won on a bad technicality. Oh, excuse me, I just used a big word you UNC fans can't read/understand, let me rephrase. UNC won dat game cause dem rulez wuz old an' it never shoulda happen dat way. There, now you understand. Now that football and basketball are over, will you haters start following ECU baseball just to talk smack? Your obsession with hating the Pirates is concerning, you guys know more about ECU sports than I do and I'm a season ticket holder! You say ECU is small and 2nd rate, yet here you are commenting on every article and following closely. ECU football won twice as many games as predicted, and so did the basketball team. Decent year if you ask me.
  • by TO JDLADD on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    Keep hating. You're not going to make us love our Pirates any less. You're just wasting your time.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    Yay JDLadd got off his shift delivering pizza. Please enlighten us on what team you pull for. You just won't do it because you know you just buy a shirt for the school. You have no Pride in anything. Also to "ecu is the arrogant one" I am sure you are the same one as "CIT typical ECU". You are defending UNC of all schools for their scholar need to look at take of Marvin Austin and listen to him speak. As the cheating of academics and agents at theat school. Buying a tshirt from a school does't give you the right to put down others. Try taking some ownership of you so called "teams" you are a "fan" of.....unreal. You are a wal-heel plain and simple.
  • by Dave Location: Right here right now on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    The trophy for winning the CIT is a deflated basketball made of tin.
  • by JDLadd Location: my pad on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    A no name team in a no name tournament and now it's all over. HAAAAAAAA!!!
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    It's been a great season with a disappointment at the end. We would have won that game if we had Brock Young, but can't use that as an excuse. I look forward to the future of this basketball program as we will be in the NCAA tourmanent within 4 years. Another thing, I wish the best of luck to the seniors in the next chapter of their lives as they will be pirates forever. Once a pirate, always a pirate! Hey Anonymous at 3-16 9:14 a.m. and Oh, since you like to base everything on just one year in order to lie about ECU calling them a last chance school just shows your posts have no credibility and shows nothing better than a high amount of ignorance. Get off your mommy's computer and listen to your 3rd grade teacher.
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