East Carolina Overpowers McNeese State, 91-62
Nov. 25, 2013
From wire and staff reports
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Akeem Richmond scored 25 in his return to Thomas M. Ryan Center and East Carolina blew past McNeese State 91-62 in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Rhode Island on Monday night.
Richmond was 6 of 11 from 3-point distance to lead ECU (5-1) which was 14 of 26 as a team. Richmond was playing in his first game at Rhode Island's home venue since transferring from URI to East Carolina.
East Carolina came into the game off its first loss of the season, an 83-74 defeat at No. 6 Duke on Tuesday. The Pirates were sluggish to start the game, missing five of their first six shots. However, they made their next three shots and took their first lead of the game, 14-13, on a made free throw by Zangari.
After McNeese State (2-4) retook the lead on the ensuing possession at 16-14, White put the Pirates ahead to stay with his first of three 3-pointers on the night, sparking a 14-2 run over a 3:36 stretch. ECU lead by 16 with less than five minutes left in the half and took a 43-29 lead into locker room at intermission.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with the Pirates failing to get out of the blocks quickly, but rebounding to build a large margin.
After turning the ball over five times in the first four minutes and allowing the Cowboys to get within nine, ECU spurted out to a 20-point lead, 62-42, by outscoring its foe 14-3 over the next 4:19. The lead never dipped under 18 points and ballooned to 32 points with under two minutes to play.
Roberts-Campbell scored 13 second half points and ECU shot over 56 percent from the floor (18-32) and 50 percent behind the arc (7-14), while out-rebounding the Cowboys by 10. The Pirates finished the game shooting 51.8 percent and holding McNeese to 37.7 percent.
Ledrick Eackles had 19 points and five assists to lead the Cowboys.
ECU will face UNC Asheville Tuesday at 5 p.m. in its final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.