GREENVILLE, N.C (AP) — Jayden Gardner had 27 points and 13 rebounds as East Carolina defeated Tulane 81-62. J.J. Miles added 21 points for the Pirates. Miles also had seven rebounds. Tristen Newton had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for East Carolina (9-11, 3-4 American Athletic Conference). East Carolina posted a season-high 22 assists. East Carolina dominated the first half and led 40-19 at the break. The Pirates’ 40 points in the first half were a season best for the team. Nic Thomas had 19 points for the Green Wave (10-9, 2-5).