Pirates Unable To Withstand Campbell Rally And Fall By Two, 76-74
Nov. 14, 2011
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.