Pirates Push Past Appalachian State, 67-47

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Nov. 22, 2011

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East Carolina 67, Appalachian State 47
 
 
 
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East Carolina 30 37 67
Appalachian State 17 30 47
 
 Quick Stats
 Stats  East Carolina  Appalachian State
FG (Made/Attempts) 24-49 (.490) 14-44 (.318)
3P (Made/Attempts) 7-12 (.583) 6-19 (.316)
FT (Made/Attempts) 12-16 (.750) 13-25 (.520)
Rebounds (O-D) 34 (8-26) 30 (11-19)
Assists 13 7
Turnovers 16 22
Fouls (tech/flagrant) 19 (1) 14
 Game Leaders
 Stats  East Carolina  Appalachian State
Points M. Paul - 18 J. Trice - 27
Rebounds Two tied - 6 A. Williamson - 6
Assists Two tied - 5 N, Healy - 2
Steals Four tied - 2 Two tied - 2
Blocks D. Morrow - 2 Two tied - 2
 
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Miguel Paul scored 18 points and Darrius Morrow 15 as East Carolina rolled to a 67-47 victory over Appalachian State at Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday night.

The Pirates (3-1) held the Mountaineers to just 31.8 percent shooting (14-44) from the floor, including 26.1 percent in the opening half (6-23). East Carolina forced more turnovers (12) than it allowed field goals in the first half, scoring 11 points off Appalachian's miscues.

ECU rushed out to an 8-0 lead behind a 3-pointer from Paul and five points by Morrow. Corvonn Gaines stretched the lead to double figures for the first time, 13-3, with a 3 from the wing as the shot clock expired. The Mountaineers countered with a 12-6 run to cut the Pirates' lead to four.

Consecutive 3s from Paul and Shamarr Bowden pushed the lead back to 10, 25-15, with 4:36 left in the opening stanza. The Pirates then took its biggest lead of the half as Morrow scored underneath with under a minute remaining for a 30-17 halftime advantage.

Although they only shot 41 percent in the first half, the Pirates made nearly twice as many shots as the Apps, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. ECU converted a total of 7-of-12 attempts from behind the arc for 58.3 percent after going a combined 10-of-47 in its two previous games combined.

The Pirates made four of their first five shots to start the second half, building a 20-point advantage, 42-22, in less than four minutes. ECU never led by fewer than 16 points in the final 17 minutes.

Robert Sampson scored five straight points to give ECU its first 20-point lead with 16:15 to play, making a 3 in front of the Pirate bench then converting a lay-up. Sampson finished with nine points and a team-high six rebounds.

Jamaal Trice did his best to keep the Mountaineers (2-2) in the game, scoring 22 of their 30 second half points. Trice finished with a game-high 27 points. He made six of their eight field goals after halftime.

ECU made 13-of-22 field goal attempts following intermission, scoring 16 points in the paint. The Pirates finished with a 34-30 rebounding margin. They also made the most of their free throw opportunities, converting 12-of-16 from the charity stripe. Appalachian State made just 13-of-25 foul attempts.

East Carolina returns to action Saturday, Nov. 26 against Chowan College. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.