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ECU SID Game Recap

Schedule, Scores, Attendance


Pirates pound Wesleyan in tune-up for C-USA

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Senior forward Maurice Kemp had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help East Carolina sail away from North Carolina Wesleyan 91-60 Saturday evening in Greenville in the Pirates' final non-league game of the season.

The dominating performance allowed ECU coach Jeff Lebo to deploy 15 players, building some bench strength heading into a 16-game Conference USA gauntlet that starts with a road challenge against perennial powerhouse Memphis on Wednesday. The Tigers (10-3) closed out their conference slate Friday night with an 85-80 victory at Tennessee.

Kemp got double-figure scoring support from junior forward Ty Armstrong (14 points), senior guard Miguel Paul (13 points) and junior guard Akeem Richardson (10 points.)

The Battling Bishops (7-5) had several leads in the early going and were knotted with ECU at 26-26 with 6:01 left in the first half. That's when Kemp knocked down a jumper that launched an 18-7 run and sent the Pirates into intermission with a 44-33 lead.

ECU (9-4) added to the lead in spurts throughout the second half.

Senior forward Brandon Givens was a force for Wesleyan, scoring 19 points and hauling in 9 rebounds. Junior forward Josh Morrison added 11 points for the Division III Bishops.

The Pirates' Wednesday matchup with Memphis is set for an 8 p.m. tipoff at FedExForum with Fox Sports South televising the game. ECU's first home matchup against a league foe will come Saturday when Central Florida pays a visit for a 5 p.m. contest that will be carried by WITN-TV 7.

East Carolina 91, N.C. Wesleyan 60

Date: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Attendance: 4,708
Records: ECU 9-4; NC Wesleyan 7-5


Norfolk State 33 27 60
East Carolina 44 47 91

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