GREENVILLE — A variety of factors
conspired against East Carolina in an 86-81 overtime loss to Campbell in
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Wednesday night.
The Pirates started 0-for-20 from behind
the 3-point arc and lost point guard Miguel Paul and leading scorer
Maurice Kemp to fouls. ECU (8-4) started slowly and the Camels took
advantage. The Pirates' first lead didn't come until Shamarr Bowden's
3-pointer put ECU on top 71-69 with 38 seconds left.
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Richmond fires in the fifth of his six 3-pointers, all coming in the
second half. [W.A. Myatt photo]
The Camels (5-9), coming off a 72-60
win over UNC-Wilmington at home on Saturday, pulled even at 71 as Reco
McCarter assisted Andrew Ryan with 21 seconds to go.
Ryan defended ECU marksman Akeem
Richmond in the right corner on a three that missed the mark in the
closing seconds, and Campbell's Darren White, who led all scorers with
25 points, got the last rebound of regulation.
Richmond finished 6 of 13 behind the
arc with two of his threes helping ECU close a 14-point deficit over the
last 3:31 of regulation.
The Pirates made a strong stretch drive
but their intensity level didn't match Campbell's for much of the
"It was not a particularly good
effort," said Pirates coach Jeff Lebo. "Give them credit. They played
well. They had a pep in their step. They played tougher than us and they
deserved to win the game."
The visitors jumped out to a 14-4 lead
and ECU had a 13-4 run to get within a point.
But the Camels never went away and
extended the lead to 36-25 by halftime.
Campbell led 60-44 after a jumper by
Leek Leek on White's assist with 7:44 left.
The Pirates extended their defensive
pressure and began their comeback. The Camels were without point guard
Trey Freeman, who tried to go despite a leg injury, in the final
"I wanted him out there because he's
our best free throw shooter," said Campbell coach Robbie Laing. "He
didn't want the ball because he couldn't move. I finally took him out
and Darian Hooker did a good job of filling in."
Paul fouled out with 1:09 left in
Kemp scored eight seconds into overtime
for a 73-71 ECU lead. He picked up his fifth personal 41 seconds later.
Auburn transfer Ty Armstrong scored on
an assist by Corvonn Gaines for a 78-75 ECU lead with 2:09 to go. Hooker
answered to draw the Camels within a point before Armstrong was stripped
on the right wing. Their appeared to be contact, but Marvelle Harris was
credited with a steal and he passed to Leek for a go-ahead dunk in
"I thought (Armstrong) got raked," Lebo
So did the ECU faithful among a crowd
Reco McCarter's steal and layup with
1:05 left put the Camels up 81-78 and the re-energized Camels pushed the
margin to eight points before Richmond dropped a three at the buzzer.
It was only the second Campbell win in
Greenville in 21 games. ECU leads the overall series, 37-20 but the
Camels have made vast strides over the last decade.
"The first game I coached at Campbell
was here," Laing said. "We
got beat 93-54 (Nov. 22, 2003).
It's good to come in here and have a chance to win."
The Pirates' Saturday matchup with
North Carolina Wesleyan may have been viewed as a tuneup for the
Conference USA opener at Memphis next Wednesday.
Now it becomes an opportunity for
"We played soft," a subdued Kemp said.
Lebo asserted that the Pirates didn't
quit. That was a positive, but Campbell's aggressive man-to-man exposed
some weaknesses that weren't solved by Paul's dribbling and ECU's
inability to convert open looks from long distance. The Camels' tenacity
on the boards also led to a 42-41 rebounding advantage.
"We've got to do it from the beginning
of the game instead of trying to come back," Richmond said.
Campbell 86, East Carolina 81
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 8-4; Campbell 5-9
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