Feb. 15, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina and Southern Miss each enter Saturday's game off home victories. The Pirates bested UAB, 74-61, on Wednesday night. USM also posted a home victory Wednesday, defeating Tulane by 11, 71-60.
ECU (.521) and Southern Miss (.543) each shot over 50 percent in their last game.
The Pirates are 11-3 at home this season. Their next victory at Minges Coliseum will tie the record for most home wins in a season (12, 1979-80).
Southern Miss has won eight in a row in the series, including three straight inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
ECU ranks second in Conference USA in scoring (76.9 ppg) and Southern Miss leads the league in scoring defense (59.7 ppg).
USM junior Neil Watson is tied for the league lead in steals per game (2.0) and ECU senior Miguel Paul ranks third (1.9).
In five conference road games this season, the Golden Eagles have held their opponent to 60 points or less three times. ECU has scored 70 or more in four of its five C-USA home games.
The Pirates and Golden Eagles have the two highest offensive scoring games this year. Southern Miss scored 135 points against Dillard and ECU torched the nets for 111 points vs. St. Andrews.
ECU and Southern Miss are two of four teams in Division I this to make 18 3-point field goals in a game. ECU sank 18 3s against St. Andrews as did Southern Miss against Dillard.
Corvonn Gaines is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Last Time We Met
Neil Watson scored 17 points and Darnell Dodson's 3-pointer put Southern Miss ahead to stay in an 81-78 victory over ECU in the 2012 Conference USA tournament quarterfinals at FedExForum in Memphis. Watson and Dodson scored 12 of the 13 points in overtime for the second-seeded Golden Eagles.
Dodson's trey made it 78-76 with 59 seconds left. He added a free throw and Watson made two on Southern Miss' next two possessions to make it 81-76.
Robert Sampson's layup brought the 10th-seeded Pirates within three points. Watson's two missed free throws with 6 seconds left gave them a chance to tie, but Paris Roberts-Campbell missed from long range. Sampson's 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation forced the overtime. He finished with 15 points.
Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 28 points and 12 assists, and Maurice Kemp scored 18. Jonathan Mills scored 16 points and Dodson 13 for Southern Miss.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
After scoring over 80 points in three of its first six Conference USA games, the Pirates have been held under 80 in five straight games. ECU has topped 80 points in 10 games this season (7-3).
East Carolina has shot over 50 percent in two of its last three games. The Pirates are 4-0 when shooting over 50 percent from the floor this season.
The Pirates have won 11 of 12 games when leading at halftime this season. Their only loss was a one-point setback against UTEP.
ECU has shot more free throws than its opponent four times in league play, winning all four of those games.
East Carolina has made 10 3-pointers in a game six times this season and has compiled a 4-2 mark in those games. It has also accumulated a 7-4 record when making seven or more.
After yielding 50 percent shooting against UCF and Houston, the Pirates have held each of their last seven opponents under the mark.
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in each of the last three games (33 at Rice, 24 at UCF, 23 vs. UAB). Kemp will be looking to become the first Pirate in 20 years to score 20 points in four straight games on Saturday.
Junior transfer Ty Armstrong has scored double figures in six straight games, averaging 16.0 points per game. Armstrong has played over 20 minutes in all 10 conference games after eclipsing the 20-minute mark just once in non-conference play.
Senior Miguel Paul has distributed more assists than he's committed turnovers in five straight games (50:23). He is averaging a conference-best 8.1 assists per game in league play with 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
ECU will make it way scores the midwest next week beginning Wednesday night against Tulsa. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. EST.