Kemp, ECU douse Blazers
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Maurice Kemp added more
luster to his shining season Wednesday night, scoring 23 points on
deadeye shooting to lead East Carolina to a 74-61 Conference USA victory
over UAB in Greenville.
The senior forward from
Miami was 7-of-10 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free throw line,
boosting his league-leading scoring average to 18.3 as ECU kept itself
planted in the top half of the league race.
The Pirates thrusted and
parried their way to a 38-34 halftime lead and went on a 15-2 surge in
the middle of the second frame to build a 64-47 cushion that ultimately
held up against a reciprocal 11-0 run by the Blazers.
Junior guard Akeem
Richmond scored 15 points, junior forward Ty Armstrong had 12 and senior
point guard Miguel Paul added 11 points and 11 assists for ECU.
Junior forward Rod Rucker
had 14 points and junior center Fahro Alihodzic contributed 11 to pace
The Pirates outshot the
Blazers 52.1 percent to 42.6 percent for the game, but a smothering
second half defensive effort was a key factor in ECU's ability to
maintain the advantage when it counted most. UAB converted only 32.4
percent (11-of-34) of its field goal attempts after intermission.
The game also marked a
triumphant return to courtside of "Voice of the Pirates" Jeff Charles,
who called his first game after a two and a half month absence battling
colon cancer. The ECU sports icon received a standing ovation during the
first half from the Williams Arena crowd.
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the following picture.
Veteran play-by-play announcer Jeff Charles
interviews ECU alum and NFL All-Pro
Vonta Leach during Wednesday night's ECU-UAB game. Charles returned to
place behind the mike for the first time since Dec. 1, when he took a
battle cancer. Leach is a fullback for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore
(Photo: W.A. Myatt)
ECU (14-9, 5-5) closes out
its two-game home stand with a 5 p.m. matchup against Southern Miss (19-6,
8-2) on Saturday. It will be the first time the teams have
met this season. USM, which defeated Tulane 71-60 Wednesday night, is in second place in
C-USA behind Memphis (21-3, 10-0.)
The Pirates, knotted in
fifth place with Tulsa (13-11, 5-5,) will challenge the Golden Hurricane
on the road next Wednesday.
CONFERENCE USA GAME SUMMARY
Carolina 74, UAB 61
Feb. 13, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 14-9, 5-5; UAB 11-14, 3-7
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