Men's Basketball Tops VCU in Overtime, 93-90
Nov. 25, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Clutch free throw shooting by freshman Darrius Morrow and sophomore Brock Young helped East Carolina hold off VCU in overtime, 93-90, inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Morrow made 1-of-2 free throws to break a 90-all tie with 20 seconds remaining and Young made both shots at the charity stripe with 10 seconds left to give ECU (4-1) the three-point victory. The Rams had a chance to tie the score in the extra period, but Bradford Burgess missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
The Pirates produced a balanced scoring attack as five players reached double-figures, led by James Legan with 20 points. The senior shooting guard made 8-of-13 shots, including 4-of-8 of 3-point attempts along with six rebounds and four assists.
Morrow and Young each tallied a double-double in the contest. Young scored 17 points and dished out a career-high 11 assists. Morrow set career-highs in both points (16) and rebounds (12). All of his points came after halftime.
VCU (2-2) received a career-high 35 points from senior Eric Maynor. The reigning 2007-08 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year made 11-of-20 shots and 6-of-12 attempts from behind the arc. He added six rebounds and six assists, while scoring 27 points after halftime.
Sophomore Larry Sanders added a double-double with 16 points and 14 boards, while classmate Joey Rodriguez chipped in with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.
In the first half, the Rams utilized a 15-4 scoring run, which included four 3-pointers, to take a 27-15 advantage at the 7:59 mark.
ECU closed the half on a 9-2 run to trim its deficit to four, 37-33, at intermission. It marked the first time this season the Pirates trailed entering the locker room.
Freshman Jontae Sherrod made a pull-up jumper and Joyner scored seven points during rally. Joyner was a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field and made 4-of-5 foul shots to total a game-high 12 points at intermission.
At the 18:23 mark, the Pirates took their first lead of the game - 39-37 - since the score was 2-0 to open the contest, when Sam Hinnant buried a 3-pointer from the right wing.
VCU trailed 75-69 at the 3:25 mark when Maynor went on a scoring tear. The senior tallied the Rams next 11 points to make the score 82-80 in favor of the Pirates. After Young missed a pair of free throws with 48 seconds left, Sanders dunked a pass from Maynor to knot the score, 82-82. The Pirates had an opportunity at the end of regulation, but Hinnant missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Pirates and Rams exchanged baskets before Hinnant converted a rare four-point play to give ECU the edge 88-84 with 3:21 left.
After VCU trimmed its deficit to three, Maynor drained his sixth 3-point shot of the night to tie the score with 1:43 remaining in the extra period.
With 48 seconds remaining, Young stole a pass to give the Pirates possession. Young missed a jumper, but Morrow snared the offensive rebound and was fouled on his follow attempt.
Morrow connected on 1-of-2 free throws to give the Pirates the one-point edge, 91-90.
Maynor drove to the basket in attempt to give his squad the lead, but Hinnant stepped in front of the game-high scorer and drew an offensive foul. Young sank two foul shots to secure the victory for the Pirates.
The Pirates ended the night shooting 50.7 percent (34-for-67) from the floor and 35 percent (7-for-20) from behind the arc. The Rams made 41.6 percent (32-for-77) of their shots and 13-of-33 attempts (39.4 percent) on 3-pointers.
ECU heads on the road for the first time this season to battle Winthrop on Saturday, November 29 at 7 p.m.