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Updated: Monday, December 30, 2002 10:45 PM EST
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East Carolina 73, (9) Marquette 70
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GREENVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The first sellout crowd at Minges Coliseum since 1969 had plenty to celebrate.

For the second straight season, East Carolina upset No. 9 Marquette at home as Derrick Wiley made a pair of free throws to snap a tie with 32 seconds remaining and give the Pirates a 73-70 victory in the Conference USA opener for both schools.

Last season, the Golden Eagles also were ranked ninth when East Carolina beat them, 51-46, for the first win over a top-10 team in school history.

Marquette (8-2, 0-1) used a 9-0 run to erase a nine-point deficit, tying it at 70-70 on two free throws by Robert Jackson with 43 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, Wiley was fouled by Dwyane Wade as he drove the lane. He made both foul shots, giving East Carolina (9-2, 1-0) a 72-70 lead.

Moussa Badiane gave Marquette a chance by splitting two free throws with nine seconds left. But Travis Diener and Wade missed jumpers on the Golden Eagles' final possession.

Diener launched a 25-footer from the left wing that failed to hit the rim. Marquette got another chance as the ball went out of bounds off an East Carolina player with a second left. The Golden Eagles' hopes ended when Wade's jumper from the left corner clanged off the rim at the buzzer.

Gabriel Mikulas had 22 points and 11 rebounds for East Carolina, which was just 5-11 in its first season in Conference USA. The Pirates opened this season with seven wins.

Erroyl Bing added 16 points and nine rebounds for East Carolina, which pulled off the upset despite shooting under 40 percent from the field (23-of-58).

Wiley contributed 14 points off the bench but made just 5-of-18 shots.

East Carolina won the game at the line, converting 24-of-30 free throws. Marquette did not miss a foul shot but attempted only 12.

The Pirates held a 43-31 rebounding edge, including an 18-9 advantage on the offensive boards.

Wade scored 21 points and Jackson added 14 for the Golden Eagles, who shot just under 42 percent (25-of-60). Scott Townsend and Diener contributed 11 apiece.

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