HOUSTON - Jonathan Simmons and Alandise Harris tossed in 19 apiece in an 82-76 victory over East Carolina.
TaShawn Thomas scored 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (10-9/2-4) who snapped a four-game losing skid.
The Pirates were down by 11 at halftime and down by as much as 24 points at one point before making a fierce rally at the end.
ECU cut the lead to one point late in the contest, but missed several key shots both inside and outside down the stretch that would have made the difference.
Miguel Paul scored 23 points to lead East Carolina(9-9/0-5) who have lost their last five straight games and have not won a game since New Year's Eve.