ECU came into this game having lost five previous road games and confused as to how to start fast on the road. However, tonight was a different team, the Pirates got out to an early 10-2 lead. Fans have yet to see a start like this on the road from their team.
As if it was written up, as soon as Pirate fans got comfortable, UAB tied the game at 12 with a 10-2 run of their own. The Pirates would battle and build a small lead throughout the rest of the half. Ty Armstrong’s play was a huge part of the Pirates early success; he had 11 first half points, eventually ending the game with a new career high of 18 points.
Paris Roberts-Campbell also had a stellar first half with 11 points of his own; he finished with a new career high of 16 points. The final career night went to Miguel Paul who ended up with a career-high 14 assists. ECU led UAB with a score of 41-38 at half.
The teams tied with 18 rebounds apiece in the first half. UAB started to heat up from behind the arc towards the end of the half going 7 for 13; something the Pirates needed to slow down in order to be successful.
The second went the Pirates way, it seemed every time UAB pulled within five points, Richmond or Roberts-Campbell would drill a three to build the lead back for ECU. In the end, the Pirates pulled out a 91-85 win over a 7-1 home team in UAB.
This win snapped an ugly five-game road losing streak, the Pirates last road win came on Nov 26 at Georgia State. This also marked an ECU milestone of 1,000 total wins in program history. The Pirates can return to Minges in confidence having notched their first road conference win. The Pirates will face a two game home stand against UTEP and Memphis; Inside ECU Sports will be there to cover every second.