Pirates Win Wild Game Against Gardner-Webb
Dec. 18, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Typically missed free throws aren't a statistic to be proud of, and after tonight's game the Pirates certainly were not. However, it was a missed free throw that secured East Carolina's 62-60 victory over Gardner-Webb inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Tuesday night.
After making the first of two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining, ECU sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell intentionally missed the second and the Bulldogs' last-ditch heave-ho missed the mark, ending a game in which neither team made a field goal in the final five minutes.
Gardner-Webb's Dontae Harper scored the final field goal of the night with 5:02 to play. Just over a minute earlier, Harper gave the Bulldogs' their first lead of the game with a thunderous dunk, 55-53.
The Bulldogs used a 13-3 run to assume a four-point lead, 58-54, before the free throw shooting contest ensued.
ECU (7-2) was held without a field goal for the final 9:50 as it missed its final six field goal attempts, the last of which came with 4:46 to play.
The Pirates made four straight free throws to tie the game at 58. Senior Maurice Kemp made the second of two foul shots to put his team ahead to stay, 59-58, with 1:01 to play. However, it was not without drama.
After Miguel Paul made a pair of foul shots to give the Pirates a 61-58 lead with 25 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs made 2-of-4 shots from the charity stripe as ECU missed four consecutive free throws.
Robert Sampson was at the line for two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining with ECU holding a one-point lead. After his first attempt fell short, he was instructed to intentionally miss the second, which he did. The only problem was that he failed to hit the rim resulting in a violation.
Gardner-Webb (7-5) was awarded a spot throw-in, but Kevin Hartley moved while he was attempting to inbound the ball giving the ball back to ECU. Roberts-Campbell was then fouled before any time elapsed.
The Pirates got off to great start, making nine of its first 14 shots to build a 12-point lead midway through the opening half. The Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run and ECU had its lead trimmed to five at intermission, 32-27.
East Carolina connected on 57.7 percent of its first half shots, while holding Gardner-Webb to just 25.8 percent shooting. The Bulldogs made 4-of-8 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws, while forcing 11 turnovers to remain within striking distance.
The second half opened with a pair of steals by the Pirates to extend their lead to eight. Back-to-back 3s by Hartley brought the Bulldogs within four with 18:39 to play. Neither team took more than a two-possession lead the remainder of the game.
Kemp led all scorers with a season-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting with nine rebounds. Sampson grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and blocked three shots with scoring six points. Freshman Marshall Guilmette scored eight first half points, but was held to a single free throw in the second half to finish with nine.
Harper led four Bulldogs in double figures with 14 points. Hartley and Max Landis added 12 points each and Tashan Newsome chipped in 10.
East Carolina was woeful 14-of-27 from the free line, just one game after going 21-of-27 at the charity stripe against North Carolina. It did finish the game shooting 46.8 percent from the field and limited its opponent to 35.7 percent shooting.