(via USF Communications) - East Carolina scored the first basket of the night and never looked back, getting a wire-to-wire victory over the Bulls, 90-52, on Wednesday night.
The loss marked the sixth straight for USF (7-12, 0-6 AAC) to open conference play after winning the last three of the nonconference slate. ECU (8-10, 2-5 AAC) held the Bulls to only 18 points in the first half on 7-for-21 (33.3 percent) shooting from the field.
The Pirates, meanwhile, got off to a fast start, scoring their second-most first half points of the season with 44 and shooting 51.3 percent (16-for-31) from the field.
The Bulls had better luck in the second half, scoring 34 points on 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) from the field.
With the loss, USF dropped both halves of the season series to ECU after falling, 67-65, to the Pirates just two weeks ago at the Sun Dome.
Stephan Jiggetts (Forestville, Md.) was the leading scorer for the Bulls with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 3-for-5 from three.
David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) dished out six assists in the game, a new career high. His previous high was four, which he had done three times this season. The freshman finished with eight points, including six-for-six from the free throw line.
Shawn Williams led all scorers in the game with 22 points for ECU, his career high. Williams made six three-pointers in the game on nine attempts.
The Bulls return home for the annual War on I-4 matchup with UCF on Saturday night at the Sun Dome. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.