March 5, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina and Tulane are each coming off a road loss on Saturday. The Pirates lost at Southern Miss, 88-69, while Tulane fell to Tulsa, 78-66.
A win would secure a first round bye in the C-USA tournament for East Carolina. The Pirates are currently tied with Tulsa and UAB for fifth-place with Tulane a game back. An ECU victory would give it the tie-breaker over each of the aforementioned.
ECU will be looking for its fifth-straight win over the Green Wave. The Pirates have won five of the last seven meetings after losing eight of the first nine.
A victory would ensure the Pirates of their second .500 league record since joining C-USA. ECU also went 8-8 in league play in 2011 under Coach Lebo.
The Pirates are one win shy of matching the school record for most wins at Minges Coliseum in a season (12). The 1979-80 ECU squad posted 12 victories against one loss at Minges Coliseum.
The game features three of the league's top scorers. ECU's Maurice Kemp leads the conference with 18.0 ppg and Tulane's Josh Davis is third with 17.2 ppg. Tulane's Ricky Tarrant has the highest scoring average in C-USA play (18.4 ppg) and is sixth overall (16.4 ppg).
East Carolina is 4-1 against teams in the "west division" of Conference USA. Its only loss was to UTEP as McKenzie Moore threw in a 29-footer at the buzzer.
Senior Maurice Kemp is 15 points shy of becoming the seventh player in school's Division I era to score 500 points in a season.
Senior Shamarr Bowden continues to be out with a dislocated shoulder.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina has won four straight games when holding its opponent to 69 points or less. The Pirates are 11-2 this year when limiting its foe to less than 70 points.
The Pirates have won 73.3 percent of their home games this season (11-4), its highest winning percentage at home since going 10-2 (.833) during the 1996-97 campaign.
The Pirates have won 12 of 14 games when leading at halftime this season. Losses were to UTEP and Southern Miss.
ECU has shot more free throws than its opponent six times in league play, winning all six of those games.
East Carolina has made 10 3-pointers in a game eight times this season and has compiled a 5-3 mark in those games. It has also accumulated a 9-6 record when making seven or more.
After yielding 50 percent shooting in consecutive games to UCF and Houston, the Pirates have held nine of their last 11 opponents under the mark.
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in five of the last seven games (33 at Rice, 24 at UCF, 23 vs. UAB, 23 at Tulsa, 23 at USM). In the other two games he was held under double figures (9 vs. Southern Miss, 8 at SMU).
Senior Miguel Paul has handed out double digit assists in three of the last six games. He is averaging a league-best 7.9 assists in conference games.
Junior Akeem Richmond has scored double figures in a season-long five straight games, averaging 21.8 points. He is 30-of-58 (.517) behind the arc in those games with an average of 6.0 made 3s.
Junior Robert Sampson has grabbed double digit rebounds in two of the last four games. He has jerked down double figure rebounds eight times this year, including four games of 15 or more.
Maurice Kemp recorded a double-double and Darrius Morrow had 19 points as East Carolina beat Tulane 66-49 in the regular season finale for both teams a year ago. Kemp finished with 22 points and 10 boards for East Carolina while combining with Morrow to make 13 of East Carolina's 14 free throws.
After spotting the Green Wave a five-point lead, the Pirates went on a 20-7 run to take a 20-12 lead with 8:43 left before halftime. Erin Straughn tied the game at 11 with a 3-pointer. Robert Sampson then put the Pirates ahead to stay with a 3 of his own at the 7:58 mark of the first half.
East Carolina led 26-22 at halftime before opening up a 39-29 lead behind a 13-6 run. Paris Roberts-Campbell extended the Pirates' halftime lead to seven with a 3, followed by a Morrow dunk, jumper from Kemp and two Morrow free throws to give ECU its first double-digit lead of the game.
Tulane cut the deficit to 47-40 with 6:20 left to play but East Carolina used another run, this time 9-1, to take a 15-point lead, 56-41, with 3:07 remaining. Back-to-back breakaway dunks by Morrow and Kemp ignited the outburst before Paul capped it with a 3.
Ricky Tarrant had 16 but no other Tulane player scored over nine points as the Green Wave struggled from the field, hitting just 17-of-45 shot attempts.
ECU returns to the court Saturday afternoon against Marshall in its final home game. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. EST inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates will recognize its four seniors prior to start of the game.