Pirates Unable To Withstand Campbell Rally And Fall By Two, 76-74



Nov. 14, 2011

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Box Score

Campbell 76, East Carolina 74 Milligan 45
East Carolina 45 29 74
Campbell 35 41 76
 Quick Stats
 Stats  East Carolina  Campbell
FG (Made/Attempts) 20-52 (.385) 22-47 (.468)
3P (Made/Attempts) 6-30 (.200) 1-8 (.125)
FT (Made/Attempts) 28-39 (.718) 31-41 (.756)
Rebounds (O-D) 41 (14-27) 29 (3-26)
Assists 15 15
Turnovers 18 13
Fouls (tech/flagrant) 32 (1) 25 (1)
 Game Leaders
 Stats  East Carolina  Milligan
Points M. Paul - 20 T. Freeman - 20
Rebounds R. Sampson - 11 D. White - 10
Assists M. Paul - 8 D. White - 7
Steals Two tied - 2 T. Freeman - 3
Blocks None D. White - 2
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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- East Carolina built a 15-point first half lead and held an 11-point advantage with 11:20 to play, but couldn't withstand a resilient Campbell squad, which rallied to defeat the Pirates, 76-74, at Gore Arena Monday night.

With the Pirates trailing by two with 5.7 seconds to play, junior Miguel Paul drove the length of the floor and dished to Paris Roberts-Campbell in the right corner, but his 3 at the buzzer bounced off the rim, sending ECU to its second straight defeat on the CU campus.

Paul led East Carolina (1-1) with a career-high 20 points on 3-of-14 from the field and 13-of-17 from the line, plus eight assists. Robert Sampson posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Austin Steed contributed 12 points and Darrius Morrow 10.

East Carolina made its first three 3-pointers of the night, but then went ice cold missing 24 of its next 27 attempts behind the arc. The Pirates shot 20.0 percent from 3-point range, going 6-of-30.

The Pirates led 32-17 when Sampson connected from long range with 8:07 to play in the opening half. However, the Camels (2-0) clawed back within 10, 45-35, at the break.

Steed hit a pair of free throws to put the Pirates in front by 11 (60-49) with 11:20 to play, but the Camels responded with a 15-4 run. Marvelle Harris and Eric Griffin had old-fashioned 3-point plays and Harris scored on a drive down the lane to cap an 8-0 burst that tied the contest at 64 with 6:09 remaining.

The Camels took their first lead of the game with 4:23 to play as Antonio Kaplic sank a pair of free thorws for a 67-65 advantage. Paul made 1-of-2 from the line with 4:09 to play to bring the Pirates within one, but Erin Straughn fouled Trey Freeman on a loose ball and Paul was whistled for a technical foul in the aftermath.

Freeman hit four-straight free throws, then stole the ball from Shamarr Bowden on the ensuing possession and raced down the floor for a lay-up with 3:31 to play to give the Camels a 73-66 lead with 3:31 remaining.

ECU rallied to tie the contest at 73 on Sampson's free throws with 28 seconds to go. Just 10 seconds later, however, Anthony Horton sank a pair at the other end to put the Camels ahead for good (75-73).

Paul made 1-of-2 from the line to draw ECU within 75-74 with 8 seconds to go before Ferguson one from the line to set up the final sequence.

Freeman, who finished with a team-high 20 points, made 12-of-12 from the line and chipped in four assists and three steals. Griffin added 13 points in just 24 minutes before fouling out.Ferguson tallied a career-high 12, while Darren White added 11 points, 10 boards and seven assists. Kalpic came off the bench to score 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the line.

The Pirates return to action Thursday, Nov. 17, against Coke College. Tip-off is set for approximately 7:30 p.m. following the women's game against Virginia Intermont that begins at 5:30 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.