Pirates Welcome UCF To Minges To Begin Home C-USA Schedule



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East Carolina vs. UCF
Jan. 12, 2013 | 7 p.m. EST
Greenville, N.C.

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Date Jan. 12, 2013
Location Greenville, N.C..
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Game Notes East Carolina | UCF
Twitter @ECUPirateHoops
Record 9-5, 0-1 C-USA
Last Game lost to Memphis, 67-54
Head Coach Jeff Lebo (North Carolina, 1989)
Career: 253-193 (15th season)
ECU Record: 42-37 (3rd season)
Record 11-3
Last Game Defeated UAB, 64-48
Head Coach Donnie Jones (Pikeville (Ky.), 1988)
Career Record: 109-68 (6th season)
Record at School: 54-27 (3rd season)
Overall UCF leads 13-5
Last Meeting UCF 64, ECU 55 (2-18-12)

Things To Know About The Game
•East Carolina and UCF enter Saturday's game at opposite ends of the Conference USA standings. UCF opened league play with a 64-48 win over UAB in Orlando Wednesday night, while the Pirates lost their conference opener at Memphis, 67-54.
•East Carolina is opening its Conference USA home slate against UCF for the second straight year. The Knights defeated the Pirates by 18, 81-63, inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum last season.
•The Pirates have won their C-USA home opener three times in the last five years.
•ECU (7.6) and UCF (7.1) rank one and two in Conference USA in 3-point field made per game. The Knights ranks second in 3-point percentage (.384), while the Pirates are eighth (.325).
•ECU junior Akeem Richmond leads the league with 2.5 3-pointers per game, while UCF sophomore Kasey Wilson is shooting a Conference USA-best 56.1 percent behind the arc.
•East Carolina has won eight of nine games at home this season, while UCF has won two (USF, Old Dominion) of three on the road (lost to Florida).
•UCF swept the season series from East Carolina last season after the Pirates had won four in a row in the series.
•The Pirates are just 2-6 against the Knights inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum with its victories coming in 2009 and `11.

Notes, Streaks And Trends
•East Carolina was held under 60 points for the first time this season Wednesday night by Memphis, falling 67-54. The Pirates had been held under 70 points just three times previously this year.
•ECU has scored 74 or more points in six of the last eight games and topped 70 points in 10 of 14 games overall this season. The Pirates are 7-3 when scoring 70 or more points.
•The Pirates have handed out 20+ assists in four of the last five games ECU currently ranks eighth in the NCAA statistics with 17.5 assists per game, tops in Conference USA.
•East Carolina has a higher free throw shooting percentage on the road (.755) than at home (.649). The Pirates have shot over 75 percent at the foul line in four of its five road games, but just once (.808, 21-26 vs. Norfolk State) at home.
•Senior Maurice Kemp has led the Pirates in scoring in six straight games. He is currently tied for the Conference USA lead in scoring with 17.6 points per game. He has scored 20+ points in three of the last six games.
•Junior Akeem Richmond and senior Shamarr Bowden have each made a 3-pointer in eight consecutive games. Richmond is 25-for-55 (.454) behind the arc in those games, while is 18-of-36 (.500).
•Junior transfer Ty Armstrong scored double figures in each of the final two non-conference games before being held to six points by Memphis. After netting double figures for the first time in his career with 12 against Campbell, he added 14 versus N.C. Wesleyan.
•Junior Robert Sampson scored 10 points and had nine rebounds against Memphis, marking the third time this season that he's missed a double-double by one rebound.

Leftovers From The Memphis Game
•Four players scored in double figures for ECU led by Shamarr Bowden and Maurice Kemp, who had 11 each. Miguel Paul and Robert Sampson scored 10 each.
•The Pirates trailed by 27 late in the first half before scoring 21 unanswered points over a 4:07 stretch that extended through both halves to pull within six. It was the most consecutive points they've scored this year.
•ECU was limited to season lows in points (54), field goals (18), field goal attempts (46) and free throw attempts (12).
•Miguel Paul posted his second straight double figure scoring game. It's only the second time he's scored double digits in back-to-back contests this year.
•Miguel Paul posted his second straight double figure scoring game. It's only the second time he's scored double digits in back-to-back contests this year.

Up Next
• ECU will host Conference USA rival Houston inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.