GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Caleb White scored 20 points and East Carolina opened the season with a 72-57 victory over Grambling State on Friday night.
Kentrell Barkley added 14 points and BJ Tyson 12 points and eight assists for the Pirates, who won their 14th consecutive nonconference game. The win also gave head coach Jeff Lebo his 100th victory at East Carolina, just the third to do so in program history.
White’s 3-point play and Andrew Washington’s dunk put the Pirates up by 15 with 16 minutes remaining.
The Pirates shot 59.1 percent in the first half in taking a 38-28 lead and finished at 51.1 percent on 23-of-45 shooting, leading by as many as 19 in the second half. They were 21 of 33 at the free-throw line while the Tigers were 7 of 9.
Marcel Thompson scored 15 points and Ervin Mitchell 14 for Grambling.