Thursday, January 23, 2003

UC shuts down ECU star

The Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Derrick Wiley, East Carolina's leading scorer, almost got shut out by UC Wednesday night.

Wiley, averaging 14 points per game, missed all eight of his field-goal attempts and finished with a season-low two points.

"Defenses are adjusting to Derrick, so now he has to adjust as well," East Carolina coach Bill Herrion said. "When he's driving the ball, teams are converging on him and he's taking some tough shots."

Both coaches were proud of their defenses. UC shot 37 percent, East Carfolina 31 percent.

"Our defense was good enough to win tonight," Herrion said. "The bottom line is that we've got to shoot the ball better if we're going to win in this league."

"We made just enough plays on the offensive end," UC coach Bob Huggins said. "I thought both teams really got after it defensively. They forced us to do some things we didn't want to do and we forced them to do some things they didn't want to do."

UC star Leonard Stokes, who averaged 27.5 points in two Bearcat victories last week, knew he would have limited opportunities against the Pirates.

"They're like us in that they're a defensive-minded team that doesn't let you get where you want to go on the floor," Stokes said. "We knew points would be hard to come by tonight."

Stokes scored six of his 16 points in the final 4:38.

"He stepped up every time tonight for us when we needed something big," Huggins said.

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