Former Burges star Tristen Newton shines in collegiate debut

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GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (KTSM) – Former Burges High School standout Tristen Newton is already making a big impact at the next level.

In his first collegiate game for East Carolina, Newton started and scored 20 points in 32 minutes in the Pirates’ 80-68 win over VMI on Tuesday night. He’s just the second ECU freshman since 1986 to score 20 points in his Pirate debut.

“The whole team in practice has been telling me, ‘work hard it’s your chance.’ They got me prepared so its all thanks to them,” Newton said after his big debut. “I was pretty confident. They’ve been telling me I’m good, that I’m built for this, that I’m ready. So I was pretty prepared for it.”

Newton famously scored over 3,000 points in his high school career at Burges, earning the nickname Mr. 3,000.

Newton will look to replicate his big debut on Friday when East Carolina plays at Navy.

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