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Freshman forward Darrius Morrow scored 21 points and four of his teammates contributed double figures to help East Carolina secure a rare Conference USA road success with an 80-74 win over Southern Methodist on Saturday in Dallas.

The victory was only the fifth ECU has claimed on a league opponent's home court since joining C-USA in the 2001-02 season. The Pirates are 5-53 in conference road games over that span.

Sophomore guard Brock Young scored 16 points, senior guard James Legan and sophomore forward Jamar Abrams had 14 apiece, and senior guard Sam Hinnant added 12 points for the Pirates (10-8, 2-3 C- USA).

Senior center Bamba Fall and freshman guard Paul McCoy each scored 16 points, junior guard Derek Williams added 14, and freshman forward Robert Nyakundi had 11 to lead SMU (6-11, 1-4).

The Pirates led 39-38 at the half but found themselves down by seven with 11:09 remaining and in danger of losing their eighth game in their last nine tries.

Abrams made a three-pointer with 10:48 left to launch the comeback. Hinnant and Young each converted a pair of free throws in the game's final 25 seconds to seal the win.

The Pirates return home for a Wednesday matchup with red-hot Memphis (7 p.m.; TV: CSS). The No. 22 Tigers (16-3, 5-0 C-USA) are on a 10-game winning streak and likely headed higher in the polls after taking down Tennessee 54-52 on Saturday in Knoxville.

BOX SCORE

EAST CAROLINA 80, SOUTHERN METHODIST 74

Date: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009
Place: Moody Coliseum, Dallas, TX
Attendance: 3,461
Officials: Ted Hillary, Brent Hampton, Joe Townsell
Technical Fouls: None

SCORE BY PERIODS       1   2  FINAL
East Carolina........ 39  41  -  80
Southern Methodist... 38  36  -  74

EAST CAROLINA (10-8, 2-3 C-USA)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Morrow............ f  7-10   0-0   7-9   7   21   32
Wynn.............. c   0-3   0-0   0-0   3    0   19
Legan............. g   5-7   4-6   0-0   3   14   32
Hinnant........... g  4-11   2-6   2-2   2   12   36
Young............. g  5-10   2-4   4-4   2   16   32
Turner..............   1-7   0-1   1-2   3    3   13
Abrams..............   6-9   2-3   0-0   7   14   28
Sherrod.............   0-2   0-0   0-0   1    0    8
TEAM................                     4
TOTALS.............. 28-59 10-20 14-17  32   80  200
PERCENT.............  47.5  50.0  82.4

SOUTHERN METHODIST (6-11, 1-4 C-USA)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Faye.............. f  2-10   2-5   3-4   4    9   30
Nyakundi.......... f   4-9   1-6   2-2   4   11   23
Fall.............. c   6-7   0-0   4-4   4   16   23
Williams.......... g   4-6   2-3   4-4   4   14   30
McCoy............. g  6-11   1-2   3-4   7   16   38
Haynes..............   0-2   0-0   0-1   0    0    5
Otis................   1-1   0-0   1-2   0    3   11
Walker..............   1-1   1-1   0-0   0    3   12
Harp................   0-0   0-0   0-0   1    0   13
Dia.................   1-3   0-0   0-0   0    2   15
TEAM................                     3
TOTALS.............. 25-50  7-17 17-21  27   74  200
PERCENT.............  50.0  41.2  81.0

PAGE UPDATED 01/25/09 06:42 PM.

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