Jan. 16, 2013
Final Stats |
East Carolina improved to 4-8 all-time against Houston and 4-3 versus the Cougars inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The Pirates have won two of the last three meetings in the series and three of the last four in Greenville.
Senior Maurice Kemp scored a career-high with 30 points. His previous high was 25 against Virginia-Wise (12/31/11). He also made a career-high 13 field goals. He also surpassed the 600-point mark during his ECU career (606).
Junior Ty Armstrong tied a career-high with a season-best 12 rebounds. He also had 12 rebounds as a freshman at Auburn against Alabama A&M.
East Carolina committed a season-low five turnovers, just one in the second half.
With the victory, East Carolina moved to 2-1 in Conference USA play. Its the first time the Pirates have had a winning C-USA ledger through three games.
East Carolina won its third straight Conference USA home game dating back to last season.
Maurice Kemp became the fifth ECU player to score 30 points in a Conference USA game (Darrell Jenkins 2, Sam Hinnant, Brock Young, Darrius Morrow). Three of the Pirates' six 30-point performances have been against Houston (Darrell Jenkins 31, 2007; Sam Hinnant 30, 2008; Maurice Kemp 30, 2013).
Kemp is the first player to score 30 points in a game since Darrius Morrow scored 33 at Marshall in 2011.
East Carolina's five turnovers were its fewest since only committing four turnovers against South Florida in 2003.
The Pirates' 59 second half points were the third-most scored in a single half this season. ECU had 64 in the first half against St. Andrews and 61 in the second half versus North Carolina.
East Carolina scored over 80 points for the ninth time this season an disproved to 6-3 in those games. The Pirates scored 80 in nine games total the previous two seasons.
East Carolina won its 999th game.
The Pirates handed out 20-plus assists for the sixth time in seven games.