Nov. 12, 2012
|East Carolina vs. Methodist
Nov. 13, 2012 | 7 p.m. EST
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
The Pirates will host NCAA Division III opponent Methodist University inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Tuesday night (7 p.m.).
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Pirates and Monarchs, whose universities are located approximately 105 miles apart.
ECU is facing its second consecutive Division III opponent to start the season, and second of three this year. The Pirates will host N.C. Wesleyan on Jan. 5.
The Pirates' are 8-0 against non-Division I opponents under coach Jeff Lebo.
A FEW NOT GOING TO PLAY
Senior Miguel Paul will serve the second of a two-game suspension Tuesday for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Freshman Michael Zangari suffered an ankle sprain during Saturday night's game against Washington and Lee and WILL NOT play against Methodist. His status beyond Tuesday is yet to be determined.
Senior Erin Straughn will be out indefinitely with a lower right leg injury.
LOOKING FOR A 2-0 START
The Pirates will be looking to start their season 2-0 for the second time in three seasons under coach Jeff Lebo.
East Carolina has won back-to-back games to open the season twice in the last four years and seven times (`00, `01, `02, `03, `04, `08, `10) since the turn of the millennium.
ECU was won its first two home games each of the last four seasons and has opened its home schedule with three consecutive victories each of the previous two seasons under coach Lebo.
FROM THE SEASON OPENER
East Carolina won its season-opener for the 13th consecutive season with a 72-50 victory over Washington & Lee on Saturday night. It was also the Pirates' 14 straight triumph against a non-DI opponents.
Senior Maurice Kemp led all scorers with a game-high 19 points, going 7-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Freshman Marshall Guilmette dropped in double figures in his ECU debut, shooting 4-of-4 from the field and 5-of-6 at the foul line for 13 points. He also had six rebounds, a block and a steal.
Junior Rhode Island transfer Akeem Richmond came off the bench to score 10 points in his ECU debut, while Auburn transfer Ty Armstrong had seven points in his first collegiate game since March 2011.
Fifteen of the 16 players on the roster saw action during the game with freshman walk-on Peyton Robbins set to check-in as the game ended. Twelve of the 15 players that participated scored.
OPENING NIGHT CROWD
Saturday night's attendance of 4,759 was the largest opening night crowd since 2006 (5,572). However, that game against Morgan State was part of a football-basketball doubleheader.
The crowd was the largest stand-alone basketball crowd for a season-opener since Friday, Nov. 18, 2005 (5,240 vs. North Carolina A&T).
East Carolina has played a minimum of three non-Division I opponents each of the past five seasons with 2012-13 being the sixth. In addition to playing three NCAA Division III teams (Washington & Lee, Methodist, N.C. Wesleyan) this season, ECU will also play NAIA member St. Andrews.
The Pirates played St. Andrews last in 2009 and N.C. Wesleyan in 2007.
ECU will face UNC Greensboro inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. ET.