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||East Carolina | Campbell
|EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
||Defeated Norfolk State, 74-63
||Jeff Lebo (North Carolina, 1989)
||Career: 252-191 (15th season)
||ECU Record: 41-35 (3rd season)
|CAMPBELL FIGHTING CAMELS
||Defeated UNC Wilmington, 72-60
||Robbie Laing (Troy, 1982)
||Career Record: 105-174 (10th season)
||Record at School: Same
||ECU leads 37-19
||Campbell 76, ECU 74 (11/14/11)
Things To Know About The Game
The game against Campbell is the second of a three-game homestand. ECU defeated Norfolk State, 74-63, open the stand and will host N.C. Wesleyan to end it on Saturday.
Both teams are coming off home wins. ECU posted an 11-point win over Norfolk State on Saturday, while Campbell posted a 72-60 triumph over UNC Wilmington earlier in the afternoon.
The home team has won each of the last five meetings in the series. ECU is 19-1 all time at home against Campbell.
ECU and Campbell have each played three non-Division I opponents this season. The Pirates are 3-0 against its lower tier foes, while the Camels are 2-1.
The Pirates are 7-0 at home this season and have won eight straight inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum dating back to last season.
East Carolina has won 11 consecutive non-conference home games.
A victory would give ECU its 997th program triumph.
A win would be the Pirates' longest homecourt winning streak to start a season since winning its first nine games of the 2000-01 campaign.
ECU is opening a new calendar year at home for the first time since 2010 when it defeated North Carolina Central, 68-58, on Jan. 3.
ECU and Campbell met on this date once previously with the Pirates claiming a 105-67 victory at Minges Coliseum in 1992.
The series began during the 1931-32 season with Campbell winning the first six meetings between 1931-35.
The Camels won 10 of the first 11 meetings before East Carolina won six in a row, concluding in 1947. The two teams didn't play again for 33 years.
The teams played once every season from 1980-98. They played home-and-home series for 16 consecutive seasons (1981-82 thru 1997-98).
Wednesday's game will mark the seventh meeting between the instate foes since the turn of the millennium.
East Carolina has won 14 straight home games in the series and 19 of 20 at Minges Coliseum overall.
This is first meeting between the two after Christmas since 1992.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in each of the last three games and five times this season. The Pirates are 4-1 this season when Kemp goes for 20 and 6-1 in his career.
ECU has scored 74 or more points in four of the last five games and topped 70 points in eight of 11 games overall this season. The Pirates are 6-2 when scoring 70 or more points.
The Pirates have won nine straight games, dating back to last season, when holding their opponent to less than 70 points.
Since going 14-for-27 against Gardner-Webb, the Pirates are 36-of-43 (83.7 percent) at the foul line the last two games.
ECU has been credited with an assist on almost 80 percent (.792) of its made field goals the last two games (41 of 53).
ECU leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
The Pirates recorded more assists than turnovers seven times in the first 11 games.
The Pirates have had fewer turnovers than their opponents in eight of 11 games this year.
Junior Akeem Richmond is 15-for-31 behind the arc the last four games. Junior Shamarr Bowden is 13-of-25 (.520) from 3 the last seven games. Both players have made a 3-pointer in five straight games.
Sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell has distributed multiple assists in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
The Pirates have two players ranked among the top 10 in Conference USA in rebounding: Robert Sampson (4th/9.4) and Maurice Kemp (8th/8.4).
Last Time We Met
The Pirates dropped their second straight game at Gore Arena with a 76-74 loss on the campus of Campbell University last season.
ECU built a 15-point first half lead and held a 10-point, 45-35, advantage at halftime.
There were a total of 57 fouls called (ECU 32, CU 25) and 80 free throws attempted (CU 41, ECU 39).
Miguel Paul led the ECU scoring attack with 20 points. Robert Sampson added 14 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the Pirates. Trey Freeman led Campbell with 20 points an Darren White recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
ECU shot 51.9 percent (14-27) in the first half, but just 24.0 percent (6-25) in the second. The Pirates attempted nearly as many free throws (24) ad they did field goals (25) after halftime. The Camels attempted 28 free throws in the second half compared to just 20 field goals.
The Pirates made their first three 3-point shots, but then missed 24 of their next 27 attempts and finished 6-of-30 behind the arc.
Happy New Year
East Carolina has won its first game of the calendar year seven times since the dawn of the new millennium.
This will be the earliest the Pirates' have ushered in a new year since 2007 when it played at Wake Forest on New Year's Day (WFU 81, ECU 65).
The last time ECU played the day after New Year's Day was 2008 when it defeated Coastal Carolina at home, 89-64.
ECU is 31-19 the past 50 years in New Year's openers.
Leftovers From The Norfolk State Game
Miguel Paul dished out a season-high eight assists to move into 10th place on the school's career chart with 226 helpers.
Corvonn Gaines handed out his 220th career assist to move into a tie for 11th on the school's all-time list.
Robert Sampson scored double figures for the second straight game and sixth time this season. It was the second consecutive game in which he grabbed nine rebounds, just missing a double-double.
Shamarr Bowden and Akeem Richmond each extended his consecutive games streak with a 3-pointer made to five. 8East Carolina recorded its eight 50 percent shooting half of the season by connecting on 54.2 percent of its first half field goal attempts.
East Carolina posted its second win of the season when be out-rebounded. The Pirates also defeated UNC Greensboro despite losing the battle of the boards (ECU is 2-2 when being out-rebounded this year).
East Carolina shot over 80 percent (.808, 21-26) at the free throw line for the second consecutive game.
Kemp Turns Rare Feat
Maurice Kemp recorded his third consecutive 20-point game with 23 points against Norfolk State after scoring 21 at UMass and 22 against Gardner-Webb. It was the first time that had been done since the 2000-01 season.
It was also only the 13th time that a player scored 20+ points in three consecutive games since the 1987-88 campaign.
Winning At Home
A victory over Campbell would give ECU its eighth straight home win to start the year, matching the third longest such streak in school history.
The Pirates are 20-3 at home in non-conference games under coach Jeff Lebo and have won 11 straight.
ECU has won its first seven home games by an average of 19.5 points per game.
ECU will return to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 5 against N.C. Wesleyan inside Williams Arena at Minges. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.