Jan. 4, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
The Pirates are playing their final non-conference game of the season Saturday, hosting Division III foe N.C. Wesleyan at 5 p.m.
Both teams are coming off losses. ECU fell to Campbell in overtime, 86-81, while the Bishops lost to Greensboro College, 76-71.
N.C. Wesleyan has lost four in a row entering Saturday's game, while Pirates have alternated wins and losses their last four games.
A win would give ECU its ninth non-conference victory of the season, matching last year's non-conference win total.
East Carolina is 10-0 against non-Division I opponents under coach Jeff Lebo.
East Carolina has won its last 16 games against non-Division I opponents and 42 of 44 games overall since the 1989-90 season. The Pirates' two losses were to N.C. Wesleyan in 1989 and to Lee College in 2007.
ECU junior Akeem Richmond and N.C. Wesleyan senior Julian Martin both attended Southern Lee High School in Sanford, N.C.
East Carolina and N.C. Wesleyan share one common opponent this season, Methodist. Methodist, which the Pirates defeated 87-51 on Nov. 13, is a USA South conference rival of the Bishops.
The Pirates have won their three games against non-Division I opponents this season by an average of 36.6 points: Washington & Lee (+22), Methodist (+36) and St. Andrews (+52).
The Pirates and Bishops played for four straight years from 1988-91.
ECU opened the 1988-89 and 1990-91 campaigns against N.C. Wesleyan.
The Pirates have had three different head coaches during their five-game series with N.C. Wesleyan: Mike Steele (1988 -90), Eddie Payne (1991) and Mack McCarthy (2007).
Former Pirate Blue Edwards recorded the first 30-point game of his career with 34 points against the Bishops in 1988.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina has scored over 80 points in two of its last three games, but has also yielded 80 points twice in those three games. ECU is 3-3 when scoring 80 points this year, but 0-3 when surrendering 80.
ECU has scored 74 or more points in five of the last six games and topped 70 points in nine of 12 games overall this season. The Pirates are 6-3 when scoring 70 or more points.
The Pirates have handed out 20+ assists in each of the last three games, averaging 21.7 per game. ECU currently ranks eighth in the NCAA statistics with 17.7 assists per game, tops in Conference USA.
ECU has been credited with an assist on over 75 percent (.753) of its made field goals the last three games (63 of 85).
Senior Maurice Kemp has led the Pirates in scoring in four straight games. He currently ranks second in Conference USA in scoring with 18.0 points per game. He has scored 20+ points in three of the last four games.
Junior Robert Sampson has scored figures in three straight games for the first time in his career. He has scored 14, 12 and 13 points in the last three games.
Junior Akeem Richmond and senior Shamarr Bowden have each made a 3-pointer in six consecutive games. Richmond is 21-for-43 (.488) behind the arc in those games, while is 12-of-23 (.520).
Senior Corvonn Gaines is averaging 5.3 assists the past three games. He handed out six against Massachusetts before distributing a career-high eight versus Cambpell.
The Pirates have won nine straight games, dating back to last season, when holding their opponent to less than 70 points.
East Carolina will open up Conference USA play Wednesday night against Memphis at the FedExForum. The game will be televised on FSN South and SportsSouth beginning at 8 p.m. EST