Feb. 20, 2014
EAST CAROLINA (14-13, 3-9) 75 LA TECH (21-6, 9-3) 68
Feb. 20, 2014
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
ECU improved to 14-13 overall this season and 3-9 in Conference USA. With the victory the Pirates remained on the positive side of the .500 mark. ECU has not dipped below .500 all season.
Coach Jeff Lebo won his 70th game at ECU becoming just the fourth coach to reach that total for the Pirates. He is tied with Bill Herrion for third-most victories in school history. He is the second-fastest coach to reach 70 wins at ECU, doing it in 127 games. It took Howard Porter 121 games to reach the mark from 1948-53.
The Pirates made 10 3-pointers in a game for the ninth time this season and improved to 6-3 in those games. They also shot over 40 percent (.417) behind the arc to improve to 11-2 when doing so.
With their 10 3-pointers, the Pirates brought their season total to 228, tied with the 2000-01 team for sixth-most in school history.
East Carolina became just the fourth team this season to hold Louisiana Tech under 70 points. The Bulldogs were averaging 84.2 ppg coming into the contest.
ECU held the lead for the final 33:46. Brandan Stith gave the Pirates a 6-5 lead with 13:46 to playin the first half and they never trailed again.
Coupled with its 81-point outburst against UTSA on Feb. 8, ECU has scored 75 or more points in consecutive home games for the first time since December.
East Carolina is now 14-4 when scoring 70 or more points in a game this season.
The Pirates posted their 399th win inside Minges Coliseum.
Caleb White led the Pirates in scoring for the second consecutive game with a game-high 21 points. It was his second 20-point game of the season. He also had 24 against VMI.
Michael Zangari recorded his third double-figure rebounding game of the season, finishing with a career-high 15 rebounds. His previous high was 11 on two occasions. He missed his second career double-double by one point, scoring all nine of his points in the second half.
Zangari's 15 rebounds are tied with Brandan Stith for the most by an ECU player this season. Stith had 15 earlier this year against Chowan. Zangari is just the third C-USA player this year to have 15 rebounds in contest.
Prince Williams scored double figures for the second straight game. It's the first time that he's had back-to-back double figure scoring games in C-USA play this season. He also handed out a career-best eight assists, besting his previous high of seven against Georgia State.
Akeem Richmond moved past former Indiana/UAB guard Robert Vaden into 19th-place on the NCAA's Division I career 3-point field goals made list with 381. He also moved with four of the ECU career record of 229. Richmond currently has 225 made 3-pointers in 62 games at ECU.
Richmond has made 120 3-pointers this season, which currently ranks him two shy of fourth-place on the Conference USA single-season list. Louisville's Taquan Dean occupies the No. 4 spot after making 122 during the 2004-05 season.
Paris Roberts-Campbell played all 40 minutes for the seventh time this season and the fourth time in the last six games. After being shutout last Saturday at North Texas, he responded with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-7 behind the arc.
White played all 40 minutes for the second time this year. He never came out of the game against Campbell either.