GREENVILLE, N.C. – Brandon Johnson scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds as East Carolina used a second-half surge on offense to defeat Tulsa 76-66 on Tuesday night at Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum.
Johnson’s 24 points tied his career-high and RJ Felton added 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting for the Pirates (11-10, 2-6 AAC) who snapped their five-game skid with the win. Ben Bayela chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds and Kalib LaCount turned in eight points and four assists.
Bryant Selebangue led Tulsa (5-14, 1-7 AAC) with his eighth double-double of the season of 18 points and 10 rebounds.
ECU got on the scoreboard first on a nifty layup from LaCount and both teams would exchange baskets going into the first media timeout with the Pirates ahead 9-8. The Golden Hurricane would force seven Pirate turnovers and shoot 52 percent in the first half to earn a 32-27 lead at the half.
Tulsa would score first coming out of the break to take its largest lead of the game at seven points. Trailing 43-37 at the 13:57 mark of the second half, ECU would go on a 9-0 run to retake the lead at 46-43 and force a Tulsa timeout with 9:13 remaining in the game.
The Golden Hurricane would take a brief two point lead as Felton and Bayela would combine for an 11-0 run to put ECU up by nine and ahead for good to secure its seventh home win of the season.
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The Pirates will face Wichita State inside Minges Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 29 at noon on ESPNU.