Top Moments of 2012- No. 2: Senior Nights

Two very memorable senior nights against the Marshall Thundering Herd takes the No. 2 slot on our countdown.

We have just what you wanted, another year-end list. This edition being the second of a three-part series; highlighting ECU athletics' most memorable moments of 2012.

At No. 2 on our list, we cheated a little bit by selecting two separate senior night's share the spot.

Both games saw the Pirates host the Marshall Thundering Herd and needed extra-time to be decided.

On Feb. 29, ECU basketball honored its lone senior, Darrius Morrow, in front of a packed Minges Coliseum, and the big man in the middle did not disappoint.

Morrow scored a season-high 27 points and the Pirates held on to win its only overtime contest of the regular season, 69-68.

The game was closely contested throughout; featuring 7 ties and nine lead-changes. But in the end, it was ECU's stifling defense in the extra session that was the difference. The Thundering Herd shot only 1-11 from the field in overtime.

In the Conference USA tournament, the Pirates went on to knock off Rice before falling in overtime to Southern Miss, who later appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

ECU and Marshall nearly matched their basketball scoring output on the gridiron Nov. 23 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

It was the day after Thanksgiving and the Pirates still had an opportunity to qualify for the Conference USA Championship game if they won and got some help.

One year prior, the Thundering Herd spoiled the Pirates bowl chances with a 34-27 overtime decision in Huntington. The roles were reversed this time around. ECU had the ball at their own 24 yard line; trailing 52-45 with 1:55 remaining in the game. The Pirates drove all the way down to the Marshall 6 yard line when quarterback Shane Carden found a wide-open Danny Webster in the back of the endzone for the game-tying touchdown with only four seconds remaining in regulation.

On the first play of overtime, ECU caught Marshall napping. Carden hit four-year senior Andrew Bodenheimer for a 25 yard score.

Marshall would respond with a touchdown to force a second overtime.

In the second extra-frame, defensive-tackle Terry Williams forced a fumble (recovered by Derrel Johnson) that set up a game-winning quarterback sneak by Carden. The final score was 65-59; which set the record for the highest scoring game in C-USA history.

Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy set a school-record for the most catches in a game with 16. Carden finished with 437 yards and three touchdowns passing, while adding three scores with his feet.

The next day, UCF would outlast UAB to extinguish the Pirates conference championship dreams. Then, last Saturday, Louisiana Lafayette would close ECU's season on a down-note; defeating the Pirates 43-34 in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

There's always something special about the final home game, especially for the seniors. Its the last opportunity for the hosts to leave an lasting impression on your fans.

In 2012, ECU entertained and left the Pirate Nation with long-lasting memories on two occasions.

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