Jan. 18, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina is 11-5 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA after posting an 89-78 victory over Houston this past Wednesday night. Saturday's game against Marshall will be the first of back-to-back road games for ECU as they travel to UAB on Wednesday.
The game features the league's top two assist distributors: Marshall junior DeAndre Kane and ECU senior Miguel Paul. Kane leads the league with 7.6 assists per game, while Paul is second with 5.7 per contest.
ECU junior Akeem Richmond and Marshall junior D.D. Scarver are both averaging 2.4 3-pointers per game, tops in Conference USA.
The Pirates enter Saturday's game on the heels of two consecutive victories for the first time since November when they opened the season with five straight victories.
ECU is looking for its first 3-1 start to Conference USA play in its 12-year membership.
The Pirates will be seeking their 1,000th program victory Saturday night.
The Pirates have scored over 80 points in each of their last two games and have topped the 80-point plateau in nine games this season. ECU is 6-3 when scoring more than 80 points.
East Carolina has overcome double digit deficits in each of the last two games and have come from down 10 points or more three times this season to claim victory.
Senior Maurice Kemp leads Conference USA in scoring with 18.3 ppg. Blue Edwards is the only ECU player ever to lead a league in scoring, averaging a CAA-best 26.7 ppg in 1989.
ECU and Marshall split their first four meetings as non-conference foes in the 1970s. As Conference USA rivals, the Pirates are just 4-10 against the Thundering Herd.
The two teams have split the last four games with each winning once on its home floor and once on the opponent's home court.
Six of the 14 games as Conference USA rivals have been decided by six points or less. The series is knotted at 3-3 in those games.
Until last Saturday's 17-point come-from-behind win over UCF, the largest deficit ECU had previously overcome in a C-USA game was 15 against Marshall in 2011. The Pirates rallied from a 39-24 deficit to win 82-81 in Huntington.
Last Time We Met
Darrius Morrow scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Pirates claimed to a 69-68 overtime victory over Marshall inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Maurice Kemp was the only other Pirate to score in double figures finishing with 10 points. Robert Sampson and Paris Roberts-Campbell each chipped in nine apiece, while Miguel Paul added eight.
Despite being out-rebounded by 15, ECU was able to overcome the discrepancy by forcing 20 turnovers, which resulted in 24 points for the Pirates.
Marshall scored the final four points of regulation to send the game into overtime.
ECU scored all six of its points in overtime from the free throw line. Morrow made four foul shots and Paul made a pair.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina is the highest scoring team in Conference USA, averaging 78.8 points per game. The Pirates ranked 15th in nation in scoring (through Thursday's games).
The Pirates have handed out 42 assists against just 12 turnovers the last two games.
East Carolina is shooting nearly 78 percent (.776) from the free throw line since C-USA play began (38-49).
The Pirates have handed out 20+ assists in six of the last seven games. ECU currently ranks seventh in the NCAA statistics with 17.9 assists per game, tops in Conference USA.
East Carolina has a higher free throw shooting percentage on the road (.755) than at home (.668). The Pirates have shot over 75 percent at the foul line in four of its five road games, but only three in 11 home games.
Senior Maurice Kemp has led the Pirates in scoring in eight straight games. He has scored doubles figures in 14 games this season and has six 20-point games.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup against N.C. Wesleyan, senior Shamarr Bowden is averaging 10.0 ppg.
Senior Miguel Paul has scored double figures in four-straight games, his longest streak of the season. ECU posted just its second win of the season when he committed four turnovers this past Saturday against UCF. The Pirates are 2-4 this year when he was four or more turnovers, but 6-1 when he has three or less.
Junior transfer Ty Armstrong has scored double figures in three of the last five games after being held under double digits in the first 11 games.
Junior Robert Sampson is averaging 11.0 ppg the last seven games, scoring double figures in five games. He has also grabbed nine of more rebounds in four of the past seven games.
ECU will travel to Birmingham for its first of two meetings with UAB this season on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. EST.