Nov. 15, 2012
|East Carolina vs. UNCG
Nov. 16, 2012 | 7 p.m. EST
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
East Carolina and UNCG are meeting for the fifth consecutive season on Friday night and the eighth time in the last nine years. ECU is facing its first Division I opponent of the season after opening the year against a pair of DIII foes.
East Carolina is looking for its first 3-0 start since 2008-09. The Pirates began that season with a pair of victories over non-DI teams before defeating Campbell in their third game. They have only started 3-0 five times since 1969-70.
The Pirates have won five in a row in the series and hold an all-time series lead of 8-2. The Pirates are 4-1 at home against the Spartans and have won each of the last two meetings inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Three of the past five meetings have been decided by 20 or more points, including a 28-point ECU victory during coach Jeff Lebo's first season.
Senior Maurice Kemp was the only player to score double figures in each of the first two games.
Junior Robert Sampson will be looking to record consecutive double-doubles for the first time in his career after scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds Tuesday against Methodist.
Senior Miguel Paul will return to the lineup Friday night after serving a two-game suspension for a violation of team's rule.
Zangari And Straughn Still Sidelined
Freshman Michael Zangari suffered an ankle sprain during Saturday night's game against Washington and Lee and WILL NOT play against UNCG. His status beyond Friday is yet to be determined.
Senior Erin Straughn will be out indefinitely with a lower right leg injury.
Looking For A 3-0 Start
The Pirates will be looking to start their season 3-0 for the first time in three seasons under coach Jeff Lebo.
ECU is looking for its first 3-0 start since 2008-09. The Pirates began that season with a pair of victories over non-DI opponents before defeating Campbell.
The Pirates have only started the season 3-0 five times as a Division I institution (1969-70, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2008-09).
Last Year Against UNCG
East Carolina rallied from a 10-point second half deficit (50-40) to post a 71-62 victory over UNCG at the Greensboro Coliseum last season.
Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 17 points, while Maurice Kemp scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Darrius Morrow posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Trevis Simpson led the Spartans with 24 points, going 9-of-21 from the field with three 3-pointers and three made free throws.
The Pirates scored 15 unanswered points to turn a 52-43 deficit into a 58-52 lead with 6:53 to play.
It was the first game for UNCG coach Wes Miller.
Leftovers From The Methodist Game
East Carolina posted its third 30-point victory in the Jeff Lebo Era with a 36-point win over the Monarchs (87-51). Last season the Pirates defeated Milligan, 101-45 (56) and Virginia-Wise (35).
The Pirates topped 80 points for the 10th time in three years under coach Lebo.
Senior Maurice Kemp scored over 20 points for the third time in his career with a game-high 21.
Junior Robert Sampson recorded the third double-double of his career.
Senior Shamarr Bowden handed out a career-high nine assists. He has 13 assists in the first two games after totaling just 20 the entire 2011-12 season.
Junior Petar Torlak came off the bench to score a career-high nine points.
Freshman Marshall Guilmette just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
All 11 players that played more than two minutes scored. Six players had eight or more points.
It was the Pirates' 15 straight triumph against a non-DI opponent.
ECU will face Appalachian State inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET.