Nov. 30, 2012
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina and Charlotte each enter the game unbeaten. The Pirates improved to 5-0 with a 62-53 win at Georgia State Monday, while the 49ers won their sixth straight game to start the year with a victory over Northeastern in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout last Saturday.
ECU is playing its second straight road game after opening the season with four in-a-row at home. Three of the Pirates remaining five games before the Christmas break are on the road (Charlotte, North Carolina, UMass).
Saturday's game will be the fifth meeting between the schools in the past four years. Charlotte has won three of the past four games and 14 of the last 17 dating back to 1984.
ECU is looking for its first win over the 49ers in Charlotte since 1983. The Pirates have lost seven straight games in the series on the road.
East Carolina has won 10 consecutive non-conference games dating back to last season.
A victory would give Coach Jeff Lebo his 250th career win.
Senior Miguel Paul needs five assists to become the 14th player in school history with 200 career helpers.
Senior Maurice Kemp will be looking to record a fourth-straight double-double. He posted three consecutive double-doubles last season in games against Gardner-Webb, N.C. Central and Virginia-Wise.
Junior Robert Sampson will be going after his third consecutive double-double and fourth overall this season.
Sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell is a native Charlottean and attended East Mecklenburg High School and United Faith Christian Academy.
ECU senior Shamarr Bowden was a part of the Charlotte program for two seasons (2008-10) under former coach Bobby Lutz. Bowden sat out his true freshman season (2008-09) due to injury and played in 15 games the following year (2009-10) before transferring to Chipola College.
Charlotte assistant coach Ryan Odom is the son of former ECU Head Coach Dave Odom (1979-82) and brother of former ECU assistant coach Lane Odom (1995-98).
The Pirates and 49ers will once again be conference rivals next season as Charlotte returns to Conference USA after departing the league in 2005.
Looking For A 6-0 Start
The Pirates will be looking to start their season 6-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign when they opened up with seven straight wins. Its the only time in the school's DI era that ECU has started the year 6-0. ECU also opened the 1953-54 season with seven straight wins and the 1954-55 season with six victories.
Coach Jeff Lebo has never had a team open the year by winning its first six games. His best start came during his first season at Auburn when the Tigers began the year winning their first five games.
Early Season Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina has started the 2012-13 season with four straight home wins, marking the fifth time since the turn of the millennium that it won its first four home games.
Senior Maurice Kemp is the lone player to score double figures in each of the first five games (19 vs. Washington & Lee, 21 vs. Methodist, 16 vs. UNCG, 21 vs. Appalachian State, 16 at Georgia State).
More than 55 percent of ECU's points have come inside the arc this season (212-of-379). Last season, only 47.8-percent of its points came inside the 3-point line (1022-of-2136).
Six players (Paul, Kemp, Guilmette, Torlak, Bowden, Gaines) on the team have more assists than turnovers and three (Kemp, Richmond, Torlak) have more steals than turnovers. The Pirates had more assists than turnovers in each of the first four games and more steals than turnovers in the first two games.
Maurice Kemp and Robert Sampson have each posted a double-double during each of the last two games.
The Pirates have yet to shoot over 32 percent in a game from behind the arc.
ECU has won the battle of the boards four times in the first five games, grabbing over 40 rebounds in each of those games.
Sampson Boarding Up
Junior Robert Sampson has grabbed a total of 34 rebounds the past two games. Sampson pulled down a career-high 18 against Appalachian State then garnered 16 boards at Georgia State.
His total of 34 rebounds in two consecutive games is the most in the past 25 years (1987-88). He is the first player to have more than 30 boards in back-to-back games since Corey Rouse grabbed 30 (17/13) in consecutive games against Houston and UAB in 2006.
His 18 rebounds were the most since Erroyl Bing grabbed an ECU record 24 against South Florida in 2003.
Sampson is just the fifth different player in the last 10 years to grab 15 rebounds for the Pirates (Erroyl Bing 5, Corey Rouse 3, Moussa Badiane 2, Gabe Blair 1).
Leftover From The Georgia State Game
The Pirates won their initial road game of the season for the first time since 2008 when they defeated Winthrop in Rock Hill after opening the season with four straight home games.
ECU led wire-to-wire for the first time this year.
Maurice Kemp posted his third straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was the second time in his career he's recorded three in-a-row.
ECU won its fifth consecutive game to start the season for the first time since 2002.
Robert Sampson became the first player to grab over 15 rebounds in consecutive games since Erroyl Bing (18/15) in 2000-01. Sampson led ECU with 16 rebounds after grabbing 18 against Appalachian State.
ECU will host St. Andrews in its last game before final exams begin. The Pirates and Knights will tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m. as part of the a doubleheader with the women's team, which host N.C. Central which begins at 5:30 p.m.