East Carolina Downs Saint Paul's By Six
Jan. 7, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Five players scored double figures to lead East Carolina to an 80-74 victory over Saint Paul's here Saturday night as the Pirates concluded non-conference play.
Senior Corey Rouse recorded his ninth double-double of the season by scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. Tyronne Beale, Sam Hinnant and Jeremy Ingram each added 13 points for ECU (6-7), while Courtney Captain contributed 11, nine in the second half.
Saint Paul's (5-4) put four players in double figures led by Hassan Robinson with 21 points, while Brandon Royal and Antonio Hargrove netted 12 each. Omar Shands came off the bench to record a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
"I want to give Saint Paul's a lot of credit because they played extremely hard," said Pirate head coach Ricky Stokes. "We regrouped in the second half and were able to attack more inside and make perimeter shots. The defense however, was the difference for us tonight."
Saint Paul's took control of the game late in the first half seizing a nine-point halftime lead, 42-33, thanks in part to its domination of the glass. The Tigers out-rebounded the Pirates by five prior to intermission and scored 12 second chance points compared to the Pirates' two.
The Tigers also made 5-of-7 three-point field goals in the first half and registered seven steals, which led to nine points.
However in the second half, it was ECU that dominated the boards, 28-15, and limited Saint Paul's to just five offensive boards. The Pirates finished the game with a 43-35 rebounding margin.
ECU opened the second half on a 12-4 run to cut the lead to one on a jumper by Ingram less than five minutes into the period before Saint Paul's scored eight of the next 11 points to surge back to a six-point lead, 56-48, 1:36 later.
The Pirates then went on a 17-5 run to take a four-point lead on pair of free throws by Beale with 6:44 left, 65-61.
Saint Paul's followed with an 11-2 run of its own and claimed its final lead of the game, 72-70, with 4:14 remaining on a jumper by Royal.
Rouse tied the game on lay up and gave the Pirates the lead for good as he completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 3:47 left on the clock. The Pirates ended the game on a 10-2 run.
ECU returns to action on Wednesday, January 11, as it opens Conference USA play against No. 4 Memphis. Tip-off is scheduled for just after 7 o'clock inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.