Pi­rates ea­ger to match Knights

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First-year East Carolina coach Scot­tie Mont­gomery is push­ing his team to im­prove.

The Pi­rates (1-5, 1-2 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) are ea­ger to en­joy the same suc­cess as their op­po­nent this week, No. 22 UCF (4-0, 2-0).

The Knights are thriv­ing sec­ond sea­son.

Mont­gomery, how­ever, sug­gested East Carolina will need to take a dif­fer­ent path to the top of the AAC. The pro­grams’ re­sources and nat­u­ral re­cruit­ing ter­ri­tory vary con­sid­er­ably.

“I think that their sit­u­a­tion is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than ours for a lot of rea­sons. I think that coach Frost has done a great job. If you do look at their ros­ter, their two deep. He has re­cruited some good play­ers to be com­ple­ments to the older play­ers that were al­ready in place with a lot of speed and he has grown it,” Mont­gomery said.

“They’re in a place where they aren't go­ing very far to re­cruit their tal­ent and they are do­ing a good job. Now what I will tell you is that I do think that this pro­gram [ECU] can look at that pro­gram [UCF] and see that each one of th­ese kids that are de­vel­op­ing, get­ting bet­ter and stronger.

“... They are get­ting big­ger, fast and stronger so we can mimic them in that way and con­tinue to grow, but our sit­u­a­tions are a lot dif­fer­ent. We re­cruit the east­ern part of the state and we re­cruit this state, and I think we can do it with this state. We don't need to al­ways go and try to mimic what other peo­ple are do­ing.”

Next game: No. 22 UCF vs. p.m., CBS Sports Net­work

Iliana Limón Romero en­ter­ing East coach Scott Carolina, Frost’s Satur­day,

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