GREENVILLE, N.C. -- B.J. Tyson tossed in 20 points and added six rebounds and three assists and East Carolina made a living at the free-throw line in a 76-68 victory over Grambling on Thursday night.
ECU picked up its fourth win in the last five games, beat Grambling for the third time in a row and posted a winning nonconference record for the eighth straight season.
Devante Jackson came off the bench to score a career-high 21 for the Tigers, who have played 11 of their 12 games on the road. Ivy Smith Jr. finished with 20 points and six assists and Shirmane Thomas chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Tyson scored five in a game-opening 11-2 run for ECU, but Grambling battled back and led 31-28 at halftime. The Tigers led 53-52 with nine minutes left in the game, but Spasojevic scored five in a 7-0 run and the Pirates made just enough free throws down the stretch.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
Guard Miles Wilson has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes' men's basketball program for failing to meet team expectations.