MEMPHIS — Hitting 34 of 64 field goal attempts on Sunday for 53.1 percent, Memphis evened the season series against East Carolina with a 90-70 American Athletic Conference win at the FedExForum.
The Pirates topped the Tigers 88-85 in overtime in Greenville on Feb. 3.
ECU led 25-23 Sunday after a 3-pointer by Isaac Fleming with 8:18 left in the first half, but Memphis went ahead to stay at 26-25 on a layup and free throw by Kyvon Davenport 48 seconds later.
The Tigers (19-12, 10-8 AAC) finished the first half on a 17-5 run to lead 45-30 at the break.
Kareem Brewton Jr. paced Memphis with 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the field and also had six assists. Mike Parks Jr. had 20 points for the Tigers and Davenport added 17.
Parks dropped eight of his 11 field goal tries and had a game-high eight rebounds as Memphis led 43-24 on the boards.
Freshman Shawn Williams, who had 30 points in the first game against Memphis, led the Pirates (10-19, 4-14) with 17 points. Fleming totaled 16 points and six assists.
B.J. Tyson and Aaron Jackson had nine points each for ECU. Jabari Craig had eight points in 17 minutes on four for five shooting.
The Pirates were 18 of 31 from the floor in the second half for 58.1 percent. ECU managed to shave a deficit that reached 32 points in the last 20 minutes to 19 points in the late stages.
The Pirates face Central Florida in the AAC Tournament in Orlando on Thursday at 9 p.m.
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