Feb. 29, 2012
|East Carolina 69, Marshall 68 (OT)|
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GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Darrius Morrow scored a season-high 27 points and East Carolina overcame a halftime deficit for the first time this year as the Pirates claimed a 69-68 overtime victory over Marshall Wednesday night inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Playing in his final home game, Morrow was the primary source of offense for ECU (13-15, 4-11 C-USA) as he connected on 8-of-16 field goal attempts and hit 11-of-17 from the free throw line in the triumph. He also pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
Despite being out-rebounded by 15, ECU was able to overcome the discrepancy by forcing 20 turnovers, which resulted in 24 points for the Pirates.
Marshall led by two at halftime and maintained the lead for the first 7:24 until Roberts-Campbell stole the ball from Damier Pitts and laid it in on the other end for the Pirates' first lead of the second half, 46-44.
The teams traded the lead four times over the next 3:38 before Marshall (17-12, 8-7) scored eight of the game's next 10 points for a 59-54 lead with 5:08 to play in regulation.
Paul trimmed the Pirates' deficit to three with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:55 remaining. DeAndre Kane then turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and was whistled for a technical foul shortly after the play.
The Pirates capitalized by scoring the next six points, taking the lead back with a trey from Roberts-Campbell with 3:23 to play followed by a basket from Morrow to give them a four-point cushion with 2:03 to play. Incidentally, Morrow's basket was the Pirates' final field goal of the night.
Marshall then scored the final four points of regulation to send the game into overtime as Paul's attempt at the game-winning shot before the horn sounded hit off the front of the rim.
Although the Pirates didn't record a field goal attempt in overtime, they shot 13 free throws and made just enough to record the victory. Morrow scored the first four points of overtime, all from the foul line, giving ECU a 67-63 lead.
Pitts knocked down a pair of foul shots cutting the East Carolina lead to 67-65 with 1:36 left in the extra period.
Dago Pena missed on an opportunity from beyond the arc that would have given Marshall the lead with 16 seconds left, but it clanged off the iron and over the backboard giving the Pirates possession. Paul was fouled with 13 ticks showing and he stepped to the line and made both, again extending the lead to four, 69-65.
Shaquille Johnson made a three-pointer to cap the scoring at 69-68 with 1.9 seconds left before Kane eventually fouled Paul with only 0.04 remaining. Paul missed the second of two tries intentionally off and the Thundering Herd was unable to get off a desperation heave before the buzzer sounded.
A stingy East Carolina defense stifled the Herd throughout the final frame holding them to 1-of-11 shooting.
The league foes were tied seven times and swapped the lead on nine different occasions. Marshall finished the game shooting at a 46.4-percent clip while the Pirates were a hair below at 46.2-percent.
Kane and Pitts led the Herd with 17 points apiece.
The Pirates will travel to New Orleans for a league matchup against Tulane on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.