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WWAY's Friday night sports - Dec. 21

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Friday night high school basketball action below. We had highlights from three of these games.

CANNON SCHOOL GIRLS 49 - CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 17

CANNON SCHOOL BOYS 78 - CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 44

HILLSIDE GIRLS 59 - HOGGARD 36

MOUNT TABOR BOYS 64 - HOGGARD 44
JOE O'DONNELL LED THE VIKINGS WITH 17 POINTS

NORTHSIDE GIRLS 50 - TOPSAIL 26

NORTHSIDE BOYS 51 - TOPSAIL 47
JOSH CABRERA LED THE MONARCHS WITH 18
TYLER HAGAN LED THE PIRATES WITH 19

NORTH BRUNSWICK GIRLS 34 - CROSS 33

MARLBORO BOYS 56 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 46

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (ECU) -- East Carolina will make its sixth bowl appearance in the last seven years when it faces off against Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Pirates, who will try to maintain their momentum after closing the regular season with wins in five of the last six games, are in search of their first bowl victory since defeating No. 22 Boise State 41-38 in the 2007 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. ECU will also be looking for its ninth win of the year, which would be the program's second-highest single-season victory total.

East Carolina Records and Streaks

Qualified for 12 bowls since 1990; eight since 2000 (six of last seven years) ...
Has won nine-straight games (and 37 of 42) when scoring 30 or more points ...
Has lost 11-straight games when scoring 20 or less points ...
Has won 20 of the last 21 games when converting third downs at 50% or higher ...
Has won 11-straight games when gaining 200 or more rushing yards ...
Has lost 13 of the last 14 games when surrendering 200 or more rushing yards ...
Has lost three-straight (and five of the last six) bowl games ...
Has won three-straight games against current Sun Belt Conference members ...
Has won two-straight (and three of the last four) games in the Superdome ...

The Series
Louisiana leads 6-4 ... The two teams haven't met since 1990 when the Pirates posted a 20-10 win in Lafayette ... ECU took three of the first five contests, but the Ragin' Cajuns closed the series with victories in four of the last five ... East Carolina is 3-2 against UL (formerly known as Southwestern Louisiana) when playing in Lafayette, but only 1-4 in Greenville.

East Carolina Against The Sun Belt Conference
East Carolina has compiled an all-time record of 8-7 (.533) against current members of the Sun Belt Conference ... In addition to a 4-6 ledger against Louisiana, the Pirates are 2-0 vs. Arkansas State,1-0 vs. North Texas and 1-1 against Louisiana-Monroe (formerly Northeast Louisiana) ... ECU's last contest against a current SBC member was a 34-16 triumph over Arkansas State on Nov. 2, 1996 - a contest played at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Louisiana Against Conference USA
Louisiana has posted a 39-94-1 (.295) all-time mark against current members of Conference USA ... The Ragin' Cajuns have faced ECU (6-4), Houston (3-6), Memphis (4-9), Rice (3-2), Southern Miss (11-39-1), Tulane (5-21), Tulsa (5-4), UAB (2-4), UCF (0-4) and UTEP (0-1) ... UL's last battle against a C-USA member was its 41-13 victory over Tulane earlier this season.

Mark Hudspeth Against The Pirates
The bowl meeting will be Mark Hudspeth's first-ever against East Carolina as a collegiate coach.

Ruffin McNeill Against Hudspeth
Although East Carolina's Ruffin McNeill and Louisiana's Mark Hudspeth have never been on opposite sidelines as coaches during a contest, the two do have a common association - both worked at North Alabama (McNeill/linebackers coach in 1988; Hudspeth/head coach from 2002-2008) ... While McNeill worked on the Lions' staff, UNA squared off against a Delta State program that featured a freshman by the name of Mark Hudspeth on its roster and handed the Statesmen a 27-24 setback on Sept. 24 in Cleveland, Miss.

Ruff At-A-Glance ... Post-Season Destinations
As previously mentioned, the 2012 season marks Pirate head coach Ruffin McNeill's 27th at the collegiate level ... In 17 years at college football's top level (FBS/I-A), he's coached in 14 bowls (7-7) with four different programs (East Carolina, Texas Tech, Fresno State, Clemson) ... In seven seasons as an assistant at the FCS (I-AA) level, McNeill coached in six playoff games during his two tours of duty at Appalachian State (`89-91 and `93-95).

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