Feb. 22, 2014
SETTING THE SCENE
East Carolina will look to post back-to-back wins for the first time since December when it hosts Rice Saturday at 5 p.m. inside Williams Arena at 5 p.m. The Pirates are coming off a seven-point win over LA Tech, 75-68, on Thursday, while Rice dropped a heartbreaker at Old Dominion, 55-51.
The Pirates are tied for 14th place in Conference USA with Marshall at 3-9, while Rice is in 16th with a 2-10 league ledger.
ECU and Rice ranks one and two in the league in 3-point field goals made. The Pirates are averaging a league-best 8.4 per game and Rice is averaging 8.2 per game. Akeem Richmond tops the conference with 4.4 3s per game and Rice's Austin Ramljak is second with 3.0 per game.
A win Saturday night would be the Pirates' 400th win at Minges Coliseum. ECU is 8-6 at home this season and Rice is 2-9 on the road.
Both East Carolina and Rice are shooting 40.3 percent from the field in conference play. Opponents are shooting 44.4 percent against Rice in league play, while ECU is allowing its C-USA opponents to shoot 45.3 percent.
GOLD RUSH!- Fans are encouraged to wear gold to the game
ECU Spring Parents Weekend - Ticket discounts available to those parents on campus
First 200 students will receive a FREE gold rally towel courtesy of the NCAA
First 200 fans will receive an ECU Cheerleading calendar
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Caleb White scored 21 points, including 16 first half points, to lead East Carolina to a 75-68 win over first-place LA Tech on Thursday night.
Prince Williams scored 15 points off the bench, handing out a career-high eight assists with Paris Roberts-Campbell and Akeem Richmond scoring 14 each. Michael Zangari grabbed a personal-best 15 rebounds.
ECU led for the game's final 33 minutes, building a 13-point lead in the second half and converting 7-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes after the Bulldogs had cut its lead to two, 68-66.
Akeem Richmond is four 3-pointers shy of the ECU career record. He's made 225 3s in 62 games wearing purple and gold. The record of 229 is held by Lester Lyons, who played from 1991-94. Richmond is also five points shy of 1500 for his career.
Freshman Caleb White has scored 17 or more points in five of the last seven games, including a pair of 18-point games against UTSA and Middle Tennessee to go along with his 21 points against LA Tech.
The Pirates have made six or more 3s in eight straight games. They have made 228 total this season, sixth-most in school history.
Sophomore Michael Zangari is averaging 13 rebounds the last two games. He grabbed 15 against Louisiana Tech and 11 versus North Texas.
East Carolina leads the all-time series with Rice, 8-5. All 13 contests have been played as Conference USA games. The Pirates hold a 3-2 lead in games played in Greenville.
The Pirates are 4-0 against Rice under coach Jeff Lebo and have won five in a row in the series overall.
The Pirates will play their final regular season home game Thursday, Feb. 27, against Charlotte. It'll be the final home game for seniors Akeem Richmond and Petar Torlak. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 with a tip time of 7:02 p.m.