NEW ORLEANS, La. ---- Darrius Morrow scored 17 points to lead East Carolina to a 61-46 win over Tulane Sunday afternoon, ending a five-game losing streak and giving the Pirates their first Conference USA win of the season.
The win also snapped a 10-game C-USA losing streak dating back to last season as well as gave ECU (7-13, 1-5 C-USA) its first win at Fogelman Arena in seven visits.
Jamar Abrams was the only other Pirate to net double figures with 11 points. Erin Straughn and Chad Wynn added eight points apiece
The Pirates opened the game by scoring the first 12 points. Wynn got things started with a bucket in the lane followed by consecutive 3s from Straughn and Abrams. Straughn before the duo each made a two-point basket. Tulane didn’t get its first point until Kendall Timmons scored at the 14:04 mark.
ECU continued to score at an efficient pace with Morrow, who played for the first time since the UAB game, added four points and Jontae Sherrod scored five points as part of an 11-5 run to extend its lead to 18, 25-7, with 6:39 remaining in the half.
Tulane (6-12, 1-4 C-USA) began the by missing 17 of its first 20 attempts and finished the half 6-of-28 (21.4 percent). The Pirates shot 54.2 percent for the half and controlled the boards garnering twice as many rebounds, 26-13 as the Green Wave. ECU led by 11 at halftime, 32-21.
Abrams scored the first four points of the second half to push the Pirates back out to a 15-point cushion.
Tulane used a 9-0 run to close the gap to six, 39-33, with 14:50 left. That’s when Morrow began to assert himself.
The Pirates scored 10 unanswered points, including six from Morrow, to stretch their lead back to 16, 49-33, with 10:50 to go.
Morrow’s 3-point play with 4:58 left extended the Pirates’ lead to 19, 58-39. Morrow scored 11 points in the final 13 minutes.
Kendall Timmons led the Green Wave with 15 points and Kris Richard added 14. The Pirates forced 19 turnovers into 25 points, while the Green Wave was only able to score 14 points off 23 ECU miscues.
East Carolina will return to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 30, against Rice. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The game is part of a doubleheader with the ECU women’s team which hosts Memphis at 4:30 p.m.