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ECU SID Game Recap

Schedule, Scores, Attendance


Tigers prevail in tale of two halves

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Memphis had its way early and then spent the rest of the game beating back resurgent East Carolina to claim a 67-54 victory Wednesday night at FedExForum in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

Junior guard Joe Jackson recorded seven of his team-high 15 points to help the Tigers (11-3, 1-0 C-USA) rocket to a 27-point lead at 39-12 with 2:16 left in the first half.

That's when East Carolina senior forward Maurice Kemp fired in 7 straight points to close out the half, the first broadside in a 21-0 ECU run that carried over into the second frame and changed the complexion of the game.

Memphis eventually regained its footing, but not before the Pirates' 14-0 explosion out of the gates at the start of the final period closed the gap to 39-33.

East Carolina (9-5, 0-1) pulled within five on two occasions in the game's final 11 minutes but could get no closer.

Freshman forward Shaq Goodwin joined Jackson in double figures with 12 points. Senior forward D.J. Stephens hauled in 11 rebounds to help the Tigers dominate the battle of the boards 41-23.

Kemp and senior guard Shamarr Bowden paced ECU with 11 points apiece. Senior guard Miguel Paul and junior forward Robert Sampson each added 10.

Memphis outshot the Pirates from the field 49.1 percent to 39.1 percent, but ECU was more accurate from long range. The Pirates converted 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) three-point tries, while the Tigers made only 4-of-12 (33.3 percent.)

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.

Memphis 67, East Carolina 54

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Facility: FedExForum
Attendance: 15,341
Records: ECU 9-5, 0-1; UM 11-3, 1-0


East Carolina 19 35 54
Memphis 39 28 67

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