Feb. 24, 2012
|East Carolina vs. UAB
Feb. 25, 2012 | 5 p.m. EST
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
The Pirates will be looking to end a four-game losing streak Saturday. Their last victory was an 82-68 win over Rice on February 4.
East Carolina is 3-11 all-time against UAB, but have never beaten the Blazers in Greenville. The Pirates are 0-5 versus UAB at home.
Since the Pirates defeated UAB in Birmingham on Jan. 28, the teams have gone in opposite directions. ECU is 2-4 since that game, while UAB is 5-1.
East Carolina is 9-6 at home this season, while UAB is 5-7 on the road. However, the Blazers are 4-2 on the road in C-USA this season and the Pirates are 2-4 against league rivals on their home court.
ECU has been a streaky team this season. Three times it has won three or more consecutive games and three times it has lost three or more straight games. The Pirates longest winning streak of the season is five and its longest losing streak is six.
After shooting a season-low 16.7 percent (4-24) from behind the arc against UCF, ECU shot 38.9 percent (7-18) from 3 at Memphis on Wednesday. The Pirates have shot over 35 percent from behind the arc in five of the last six games.
ECU leads Conference USA in steals per game (8.1). The Pirates have never been the league leader in steals at the end of a season in school history. Through 26 games they have tallied 210 steals, 23 shy of the school record of 233 set during the 1990-91 season.
PIRATES TO WATCH
8Senior Darrius Morrow has scored double figures in 16 of the last 19 games, shooting 54.6 percent from the floor (101-of-185). Morrow is averaging 13.6 ppg in conference play. He had 24 points in the first game against the Blazers this season.
Junior Miguel Paul leads Conference USA in assists per game (5.8) and total assists (150). Paul ranks third in the league assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). He currently in fifth-place on the school's single-season chart.
Junior Shamarr Bowden netted double figures with 13 points against Memphis on Wednesday, sinking 3-of-4 3-pointers. He ranks among the top five in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made per game.
Sophomore Robert Sampson is coming off his third double-digit rebounding performance of the season with 10 boards at Memphis. He has grabbed 10 rebounds in two of the last three games and is averaging 8.3 rebounds per game in those contests.
Junior Erin Straughn scored 13 points in the first match-up with the Blazers this year. However, he has not scored since taking an elbow to the face at home against Memphis. He missed the following game against Marshall (for an unrelated reason) and didn't scored in either of the last two games against UCF and Memphis.
UAB leads the all-time series, 11-3.
LAST TIME WE MET
Darrius Morrow scored 24 points as East Carolina snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating UAB 73-66 on Saturday night. Morrow made 11 of 15 shots for the Pirates, who also defeated the Blazers the last time they met, 75-70 in last season's conference tournament quarterfinals. Morrow scored 22 in that game. East Carolina closed the first half with an 18-5 run to lead 36-26 and increased its margin to 17 points, 56-39, with 9:30 remaining. Cameron Moore scored 10 straight points to start a 17-7 run by the Blazers that trimmed their deficit to 67-64 with 28 seconds left. Four free throws by Miguel Paul and two by Robert Sampson secured the Pirates' victory. Paul scored 14 points, Erin Straughn 13 and Maurice Kemp 12 for East Carolina. Preston Purifoy had 17 points and Moore had 14 points and 13 rebounds for UAB.
LAST YEAR IN GREENVILLE
Jamarr Sanders scored 17 of his game-high 26 after halftime as UAB rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to defeat East Carolina, 66-59, here last season. The Pirates outscored the Blazers 12-3 in the first 3:41 of the second half to turn a three-point halftime lead into a 12-point advantage, 39-27, making five of its first seven shots out of the locker room. Consecutive 3-pointers by Jamar Abrams and Erin Straughn capped the run as ECU scored six unanswered points. UAB then proceeded to go on a 22-10 run over the next 9:11 to tie the score at 49-all, with Sanders scoring 10. ECU guard Brock Young untied the game with a 3 to give the Pirates a 52-49 lead with 6:46 to play. UAB then scored 11 straight points to take an eight-point lead. Sanders' lay-up with 2:30 to play capped the outburst and gave the Blazers their biggest lead of the night at 60-52. Following a 3-pointer from Jontae Sherrod and a jumper by Abrams, the Pirates were down only three with 45 seconds remaining. However, Aaron Johnson made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 38 seconds to end the Pirates' hopes of a comeback. Sherrod and Abrams scored 16 points each. Young also finished in double figures with 10 points. Both teams shot the ball at a much higher percentage in the second half. UAB converted on 54.5 percent (12-22) of its field goal attempts after halftime, while ECU connected on 50 percent (11-22) of its second half shots. The first half was back-and-forth affair with five ties and five lead changes with neither side leading by more than five points. The final lead change of the half came just before the buzzer sounded with Abrams draining a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give ECU a three-point lead, 27-24, at intermission. The Blazers dominated the glass in the second half, grabbing 17 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, compared to eight total rebounds by the Pirates. UAB scored 10 second chance points after halftime and limited ECU to five second half offensive rebounds.
The Pirates will play their final home of the 2011-12 season Wednesday night against Marshall. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.