ECU falls to Central Connecticut State 79-68

Greenville -- Central Connecticut State shot over 57 percent from the field and 40 percent outside the arc to defeat ECU, 79-68, inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Friday to earn its first win of the season and hand the Pirates consecutive non-conference home losses for the first time since 2011.

TURNING POINT
Central Connecticut State went on a 15-4 early in the second half to take a 52-43 lead with 11:53 remaining. Austin Nehls scored eight points during the surge, which started with him sinking his third 3 of the game. The closest ECU got was three, 62-59, with 6:08 remaining.

ECU PLAYER-OF-THE-GAME
Senior B.J. Tyson scored 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting, knocking down four 3s. It was the most points he's scored in a game since dropping 19 on USF in the first round of the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship. He was a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line with three assists and two steals in 34 minutes of action.

CCSU PLAYER-OF-THE-GAME
Tyler Kohl scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out nine assists, while playing all but two minutes. He finished 8-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-6 at the free throw line.

KEY PERFORMERS
Kentrell Barkley also scored 19 points, going 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 at the charity stripe. Freshman Dimitri Spasojevic scored double figures for the first time as a Pirate, netting 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Barkley and junior Isaac Fleming each handed out four assists. Nehls scored a game-high 24 points to lead Central Connecticut and Deion Bute registered a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

QUOTE-OF-THE-NIGHT
"[CCSU] really slowed the game down. They knew we were a team that liked to run in transition and play up-tempo, especially on the misses. They had guys get back and be in the right place at the right time.Thye just slowed it down and played their game." - ECU guard B.J. Tyson

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
ECU was out-rebounded for the first time this season … After holding each of its first two opponents to less than 40 percent shooting, the Pirates allowed CCSU to shoot 57.7 percent … Barkley, Spasojevic and Tyson combined for 51 of the Pirates 68 points ... CCSU shot 64.9 percent (24-37) from inside the 3-point arc.

UP NEXT
ECU returns to action Monday, Nov. 20, against Cleveland State inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.