Pirates hijack UCF in OT
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Corvonn Gaines took a deft
feed from fellow senior guard Miguel Paul and smoothly nailed a
three-pointer just before the clock ran out in overtime to secure an
88-85 Conference USA victory for East Carolina over Central Florida
Saturday night in Greenville.
The climactic shot,
Gaines' only field goal attempt of the night, appended an exclamation
point onto a dramatic ECU rally over the final 11 minutes of regulation
that wiped out a 17-point deficit and forced the extra frame.
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Corvonn Gaines launches the game winner.
(Photo: W.A. Myatt)
Paul, senior forward
Maurice Kemp, junior forward Ty Armstrong and senior guard Shamarr
Bowden each scored 16 points and junior forward Robert Sampson added 11
as the Pirates mounted a balanced but erratic offensive attack that
heated up in the game's latter stages when it mattered most.
Paul distributed 11
assists and Sampson grabbed 10 rebounds to record double-doubles.
The outcome dulled the
luster on stellar performances by the UCF frontcourt duo of senior Keith
Clanton and junior Tristan Spulock. The burly Clanton was virtually
unstoppable around the paint and had a career-high 36 points, while
Spurlock produced 23 points and had 11 rebounds.
The Golden Knights (11-5, 1-1 C-USA) led at the half 36-27 and built
their biggest advantage of the game, 59-42, with 11:33 remaining. The
Pirates (10-5, 1-1) outscored UCF 34-17 down the stretch to stay alive
at the the end of regulation.
In the overtime period,
the teams were tied three times and swapped leads on three occasions
before Gaines' dagger established the lead that stuck.
ECU remains at home for a
matchup with C-USA foe Houston on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Cougars (11-3,
1-1) come into the matchup off a 73-54 league loss at Southern
Mississippi on Saturday.
East Carolina 88, Central
Florida 85 (OT)
Jan. 12, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 10-5, 1-1; UCF 11-5, 1-1
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