Richmond Leads ECU Over Rice On Record Breaking Night



Feb. 22, 2014

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Akeem Richmond scored 23 points and became East Carolina's all-time leader in 3-pointers made as the Pirates' won back-to-back games for the first time since December with a 67-55 victory over Rice on Saturday.

The record came when he knocked down a shot from the wing with 6:30 left in the first half. It was the 230th of his two-year ECU career, enabling him to surpass former Pirate standout Lester Lyons atop the list. Lyons made 229 during his 112-game career from 1990-94. It only took Richmond 63 games to overtake Lyons.

Richmond was 7-of-12 from the floor, including five 3-pointers. Michael Zangari scored a career-high 17 points and Prince Williams added 10 points and dished out five assists for East Carolina (15-13, 4-9 Conference USA).

East Carolina led wire-to-wire, scoring the game's first four points and keeping the Rice (7-22, 2-11) off the scoreboard for the first five minutes. ECU used a 15-0 run to build a 24-3 lead with 8:43 remaining in the first half. Richmond scored 14 points during the span. His record-tying 3 gave the Pirates a 25-point lead, 29-4, with 8:00 left in the first half.

ECU made 12 of its first 19 shots, while Rice made just one field goal (1-10) during the game's initial 12 minutes. The Owls then made 8-of-12 the remainder of the half to take nine points off the Pirates' lead. ECU led by 16 at halftime, 40-24.

Led by 17 first half points from Richmond, ECU shot 56-percent in the first half and held Rice to 40.9-percent. Rice opened the second half on a 10-0 run to cut the East Carolina advantage to six, 40-34, with 15:06 remaining as the Pirates missed their fist five shots of the half.

ECU finally got on the board 6:27 into the period as Williams drove lane for a layup for a 42-34 lead. Rice eventually pulled with two points, 46-44 with 9:46 to play.

East Carolina answered with an 11-2 run, including nine unanswered, to stretch its lead to 57-46 with 6:03 left. Richmond started the run with a jumper just inside the arc followed by six straight points from Paris Roberts-Campbell.

Sean Obi scored to get Rice within nine points with 2:26 to play, but ECU made 6-of-9 from the line to seal it.

Obi scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Rice.