Feb. 28, 2012
|East Carolina vs. Marshall
Feb. 29, 2012 | 7 p.m. EST
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
The Pirates are in the midst of a five-game losing streak which began Feb. 8 against Memphis.
•East Carolina is 5-12 all-time against the Thundering Herd, with three of those victories coming at home. The Pirates will be seeking their first win against Marshall inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum since 2008.
•Wednesday night's game will be the final home game for senior Darrius Morrow. The Pirates have sent three of its last five seniors classes out with a victory, including last year's 68-57 win over Memphis.
•During its current five-game losing streak, ECU has topped 60 points just once scoring 68 against Marshall on Feb. 11.
•The Pirates have made 10 3-point field goals five times in Conference USA play this season. ECU leads the league in 3-pointers per contests in conference games with 7.8. No other team in the league is averaging seven.
•In three of the last five games, East Carolina has held its opponent under its season field goal shooting percentage.
•The Pirates have held the lead in the last three games for a total of 4:20.
•ECU leads Conference USA in steals per game (8.0). The Pirates have never been the league leader in steals at the end of a season in school history. Through 27 games they have tallied 217 steals, 16 shy of the school record of 233 set during the 1990-91 season.
•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.
PIRATES TO WATCH
Senior Darrius Morrow has scored double figures in 17 of the last 20 games, shooting 54.6 percent from the floor (106-of-194). Morrow is averaging 13.4 ppg in conference play. He was limited to 11 points in the first game against the Thundering Herd this season.
•Junior Miguel Paul leads Conference USA in assists per game (5.8) and total assists (156). Paul ranks third in the league assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). He currently in fifth-place on the school's single-season chart.
•Junior Shamarr Bowden scored a career-high 27 points Saturday against UAB, making 7-of-11 3-pointers. He is 10-of-15 behind the arc the last two games and 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 scoring performance in the last three games. He is averaging 10.2 points per game the last four contests. Sampson scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Marshall two weeks ago.
•Junior Erin Straughn 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 three games against UCF, Memphis or UAB.
Marshall leads the all-time series, 12-5.
LAST TIME WE MET
Damier Pitts scored 27 points and Marshall beat East Carolina 78-68 on Saturday night. Pitts was 9 of 17 from the field and made 6 of 7 free throw attempts for the Thundering Herd, who shot 54 percent (27 of 50) from the field. Both teams shot the ball well as the the Pirates shot 53.5 percent. There were 20 three-pointers made in the game as Marshall was 10-for-20 and ECU was 10-for-19. East Carolina led 52-51 after Robert Sampson knocked down a 3-pointer with 10:17 left to play. But Marshall used an 11-0 run to jump ahead 62-52. Pitts capped the run with a 3-pointer, and his jumper at the 5:21 mark extended Marshall's lead to 69-56. The Pirates outscored Marshall 24-18 in the paint but committed 12 turnovers, compared to just five for the Thundering Herd. Marshall scored 16 points off those errors and outscored the Pirates 42-33 in the second half. ECU's largest lead was 16-8 at the 13:57 mark of the first half. A three-pointer by Dago Pena towards the end of the half, gave Marshall a 36-35 halftime lead. ECU was led by the conference's leading assist man in Miguel Paul. He scored 19 points and a game-high 11 assists. Robert Sampson also had a double-double for the Pirates as he finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pirates will play their final game of the regular season on Saturday, March 3 against Tulane. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. EST in New Orleans.