March 3, 2012
|East Carolina vs. Tulane
March 3, 2012 | 8 p.m. EST
New Orleans, La.
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
An East Carolina victory would give the Pirates' the number 10 seed at next week's Conference USA Basketball Championship, while a loss would make them the 11 seed.
The Pirates have won the last three games against Tulane, but are only 1-6 against the Green Wave at Fogelman Arena. Saturday's game will be the Pirates' first visit to New Orleans since earning their lone victory in the city during 2010.
The last time ECU ended the regular season with a win on the road was 2004 when it defeated Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, 63-50.
Saturday will mark the third time that ECU has finished the regular season at Tulane in 11 years as a league member (2005, `08, `12). 8ECU leads Conference USA in assists (14.5) and steals (8.1) per game. The Pirates also rank second in the league in 3-pointers per game (7.4).
In three of the last six games, East Carolina held its opponent under its season field goal shooting percentage.
The Pirates led for just 6:07 Wednesday night against Marshall, 3:20 of which came in overtime. ECU has been in front in the last four games for a total of 10:06.
ECU has tallied 226 steals this season, seven shy of the school record of 233 set during the 1990-91 sea¬son. The Pirates are looking to lead a conference in steals for the first time in school history.
PIRATES TO WATCH
Senior Darrius Morrow needs 14 points to move into fourth-place on the school's all-time scoring list. He has scored 1,471 points during his career. He scored a season-high 27 points in his final home game Wednesday night against Marshall.
Junior Miguel Paul leads Conference USA in assists per game (5.8) and total assists (162). Paul ranks third in the league assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). He is currently fifth on the school's single-season chart.
Junior Maurice Kemp scored double figures for the first time since returning from injury with 10 points against Marshall Wednesday. Kemp missed the first game against the Herd this season with a foot injury.
Sophomore Robert Sampson tied a career-high by draining a trio of 3-pointers against Marshall. Sampson is 5-of-7 from behind the arc the last two games.
Junior Erin Straughn scored his first points Wednesday night since taking an elbow to the face at home against Memphis (Feb. 8). He missed the following game against Marshall (for an unrelated reason) and didn't score in either of the next three games against UCF, Memphis or UAB. Straughn had four points against Marshall.
Junior Shamarr Bowden suffered a head injury on Wednesday night against Marshall, playing just seven minutes, and will not play Saturday.
Tulane leads the all-time series, 10-5.
LAST TIME WE MET
Jontae Sherrod scored a career-high 24 points to lead East Carolina to a 76-67 victory over Tulane last season. The Pirates shot 61.9 percent from the field (13-of-21) in the second half and East Carolina led for the final 18:03, but couldn't pull away from Tulane. After trailing by three at halftime, 31-28, ECU opened the second half with a 16-6 run. Darrius Morrow scored the Pirates' first four points and Corvonn Gaines tied the game at 33-all with a free throw. Erin Straughn then sank a 3-pointer to put them up 36-33. Jamar Abrams scored the final five points of the run for ECU, capping the outburst with a 3-pointer to put the Pirates up 44-37 4:02 after intermission. ECU held the lead for the next 10 minutes before Jordan Callahan tied the game at 59 with 5:45 to play. The Green Wave tied the score four times over the next 90 seconds before the offenses disappeared. Sherrod's two free throws with 1:25 left, but ECU ahead for good after both teams failed to score for nearly three minutes after Kendall Timmons tied the game with two free throws with 4:17 to play. Two more free throws from Morrow pushed the lead to 71-67 and the Green Wave didn't score in the final minute. Morrow finished with 14 points. East Carolina made 10-of-12 free throws in the final four minutes and held Tulane to 0-for-8 shooting from the field. Straughn grabbed four of his game-high nine rebounds in the final minute. Callahan led Tulane with 22 points, David Booker had 19 and Timmons scored 10 points. After falling behind 7-2, the Pirates countered with a 15-2 run over a six-minute stretch on four consecutive 3-pointers. Abrams started the run with a triple that was capped by a layup by Gaines to give ECU its largest lead of the first half, 17-9, with 11:17 to play. Tulane answered with a 19-2 run of its own as they held ECU to just one field goal for more than seven minutes. The Green Wave led by nine, 30-21, with 3:46 remaining in the first half. ECU closed the first half by scoring seven of the final eight points, a 3-pointer from Robert Sampson and two free throws each by Sherrod and Brock Young.
The Pirates will begin play in the 2012 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship on Wednesday, March 7.