March 8, 2013
|East Carolina vs. Marshall
March 9, 2013 | 5 p.m. EST
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum | Greenville, N.C.
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Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina is playing its final home game of the season Saturday night. It'll be the final home game for seniors Shamarr Bowden, Corvonn Gaines, Miguel Paul and Maurice Kemp.
A win would give ECU its first winning record in league play since joining Conference USA. It would also give the Pirates their second 18-win season in three years under coach Jeff Lebo.
The Pirates are going after their 13th home victory of the season, which would be their most-ever at Minges Coliseum. ECU is 12-4 at home this season.
East Carolina trails the all-time series, 6-13. The Pirates are 4-4 against Marshall at home.
The game features the top assist distributors in the conference. Marshall junior DeAndre Kane is averaging 6.9 assists per game, while ECU senior Miguel Paul is averaging 6.7 per game. They rank 10th and 11th nationally.
The Pirates have won each of its last two "Senior Night" games. ECU defeated Marshall 69-68 in overtime last year and knocked off Memphis, 68-57 a year earlier.
East Carolina is second in the league in scoring offense (76.9), while Marshall is last in scoring defense (72.5). ECU is 10th in scoring defense (72.0).
Senior Maurice Kemp is 15 points shy of fifth-place on the school's single-season scoring list and 20 short of fourth-place. He has scored 514 points so far this season.
Paul is eight assists short of his 2011-12 total and seven shy of third-place on the school's all-time list. He has handed out 175 assists this year and 358 during his two-year career.
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 75.0 percent of their home games this season (12-4), 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 6-3 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 12 opponents under the mark.
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in six of the last eight games (33 at Rice, 24 at UCF, 23 vs. UAB, 23 at Tulsa, 23 at USM, 29 vs. Tulane). 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 four of the last seven games. He is averaging a league-best 8.1 assists in conference games.
Junior Akeem Richmond has scored double figures in a season-long six straight games, averaging 20.3 points. He is 35-of-67 (.522) behind the arc in those games with an average of 5.8 made 3s.
Sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell has scored double figures in two of the last three games.
DeAndre Kane tallied 22 points and Dennis Tinnon added his fifth double-double of the season as Marshall defeated Conference USA rival East Carolina 77-56 at the Cam Henderon Center. Kane hit 7 of 14 from the field and made 3 of 6 from 3-point range, while Tinnon had 11 points and 12 boards for the Thundering Herd. Elijah Pittman added 19 points and D.D. Scarver 11, while Nigel Spikes grabbed 11 rebounds.
Robert Sampson collected his fifth double-double of the year with 10 points and 17 rebounds for East Carolina, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Miguel Paul added 17 points and five assists, but committed seven of the Pirates' 18 turnovers. Akeem Richmond added 10 points off the bench.
The Herd rushed out to an 18-2 lead, scoring the game's first 12 points, as the Pirates connected on just 1 of their first 16 field goal attempts. ECU didn't scores its first basket until nearly six minutes had passed. Its second field goal came four minutes later.
While the Pirates were struggling to score, the Herd was not. They shot 50 percent (18-36) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and built a 25-point cushion with 4:08 remaining before halftime.
ECU connected on just 9 of 31 first half field goal attempts for an underwhelming 29.0 percent. Although the Pirates started off 2 of 17 shooting, they did finish strong making 7 of their final 14 shots in the half and trailed by 20 at the break, 43-23.
At the outset of the second half the Pirates seemed poised to put together another one of its patented comebacks, scoring the first six points to get within 14 in just over two minutes.
Marshall coach Tom Herrion quickly called timeout.
The Thundering Herd scored nine unanswered points out of the timeout pushing its lead back to 25 with 15:14 to play and eventually swelled to 29 points.
ECU used a 16-2 run to trim its deficit to 17, 69-52, with 4:35 to play behind three consecutive 3s from Richmond. That was as close as they could get as the 29-point deficit proved too much to overcome.
Marshall scored 24 points off the giveaways, and also outscored East Carolina 52-30 in the paint and 20-4 on fast breaks.
ECU will be action Thursday, March 14 in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Conference USA Basketball Championship. The Pirates' opponent will be determined on Saturday and their game time will be announced late Saturday night.