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Conference USA scoring
leader Maurice Kemp shook off a one-game slump and scored 23 points to
help East Carolina capture a key Conference USA road victory over Tulsa
After being held to nine
points in ECU's
overtime loss to Southern Miss on Saturday,
Kemp was back in typical offensive form against the Golden Hurricane,
connecting on 9-of-14 field goals attempts and three of four free
throws. The performance boosted the senior forward's scoring average to
18.2 and polished his credentials for All-Conference USA honors.
Trailing 56-51 with 6:41
remaining, the Pirates outscored Tulsa 21-7 the rest of the way to notch
the win and pull into a tie with the Hurricane for fifth place in the
East Carolina (15-10, 6-6
C-USA) led by as many as 14 points in the first half and went into
intermission with a 34-29 advantage. But Tulsa (14-12, 6-6) controlled
the momentum during most of the final frame, leading by five on two
occasions before the Pirates went on the decisive run that sealed the
Reserve junior guard Akeem
Richmond nailed five threes and tallied 17 points, junior forward Ty
Armstrong scored 13 and sophomore guard Paris Roberts-Campbell had 10
points and nine rebounds for ECU. Senior point guard Miguel Paul
directed the playmaking for the Pirates, distributing ten assists.
Senior guard Scottie
Haralson paced Tulsa attack with 20 points and nine rebounds. Senior
forward Kauri Black had 13 points and junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr.,
added 11 for the Hurricane.
The win ended ECU's
eight-game losing streak to Tulsa.
The Pirates play the
middle game in their
three-game road swing with a 3 p.m. matchup against Southern Methodist
on Saturday. Coached by former NBA skipper Larry Brown, the Mustangs
(13-13, 3-8) will have had a week to prepare for the contest since a
78-67 loss at Tulane (17-9, 5-6) last Saturday.
CONFERENCE USA GAME SUMMARY
East Carolina 72, Tulsa 63
Feb. 20, 2013
Facility: Reynolds Center
Records: ECU 15-10, 6-6; UT 14-12, 6-6
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