Pirates Take Down N.C. Wesleyan By 31
Jan. 5, 2013
From staff and wire reports
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Maurice Kemp finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help East Carolina dominate Division III North Carolina Wesleyan 91-60 Saturday in a non-conference matchup.
The Pirates got out to a six-point lead behind Armstrong, who made his first five field goal attempts, only to have the Battling Bishops go on a 9-2 run to take an 12-11 lead. The two teams traded the lead eight times in the first 20 minutes before Kemp put ECU ahead to stay with 6:01 left until intermission.
Kemp's jumper started a 15-0 run over a 2:07 stretch as the Pirates took control of the game , building a 41-26 lead. Kemp scored six points, four off a pair of rim-rattling dunks, during the run which was capped by Shamarr Bowden's second 3 of the game. Prince Williams' steal and outlet pass to Kemp led to his first dunk before Robert Sampson found him underneath for the other. The Pirates forced six turnovers during the spurt, which directly led to 11 points.
ECU held the Battling Bishops without a field for a 5:45 stretch late in the first half to take a 44-33 lead into the locker room.
Ahead by 11 at halftime, the Pirates opened the second half on a 20-10 run taking a 64-43 lead with 12:28 left to play. The lead ballooned to 35 points with under three minutes to play.
ECU scored the first eight points of the second half, forcing its regional foe to call a timeout. Paul pushed the lead to 20 with a pair of free throws. The Pirates maintained a 20-point advantage for the final 11:27 and led by 30 for the last 4:18.
North Carolina Wesleyan (7-5) shot just 21.2 percent (7-for-33) in the second half, compared to East Carolina's 48.4 percent (15-for-31) in the period. The Pirates finished the game shooting 49.3 percent, while holding N.C. Wesleyan to 30.2 percent.
The Pirates scored 33 points off 19 Bishop turnovers and held a 42-14 advantage in the paint.
Brandon Givens led North Carolina Wesleyan with 23 points and nine rebounds.
East Carolina opens Conference USA play on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Memphis.