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Junior guard Akeem
Richmond came off the bench to fire in a school-record nine threes and
score 29 points to fuel East Carolina's come-from-behind 72-69
Conference USA victory over Southern Methodist Saturday afternoon in
The Pirates (16-10, 7-6
C-USA) trailed by as much as 17 in the first half and faced an 11-point
deficit almost four minutes into the final frame when Richmond nailed
the first of seven second half treys. That basket ignited a 20-8 run
that pushed the Pirates into their first lead with 10:12 remaining.
Fittingly enough, it was a
three by Richmond that gave ECU that 46-45 advantage and another
laser-guided missile from the Rhode Island transfer 35 seconds later
that boosted the margin to 49-45.
As the clock wound down,
there were five lead changes and three ties as the teams jostled for
advantage until senior point guard Miguel Paul connected on a three with
1:25 left to give the Pirates the lead for good at 63-62.
Richmond, who played 29
minutes, recorded 6 points on a pair of threes in the first half before
exploding for 23 points after intermission to help ECU assure itself of
a winning season.
Richmond finished 9-of-14
from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Paul and sophomore guard
Paris Roberts-Campbell joined Richmond in double figures with 11 points
apiece, while junior forward Robert Sampson grabbed 11 rebounds. Senior
forward and all-conference candidate Maurice Kemp, who came into the
contest with a league-leading 18-point scoring average, was limited to 7
SMU's offensive attack was
spearheaded by its three-guard trio of Jalen Jones and Ryan Manuel with
18 points apiece and Nick Russell with 16.
The Mustangs (13-14, 3-9)
led at the half 32-21.
East Carolina has won
three of its last four games, including two in a row on the road, as the
conference race heads into its final two weeks. In its last outing, ECU
prevailed 72-63 at Tulsa
The Pirates have a bye
until finishing their three-game road swing with a challenging matchup
against Southern Miss next Saturday. ECU will be out to avenge
an 86-82 overtime loss at home
to USM on Feb. 16.
The Golden Eagles (21-7,
10-3) hold second place in the conference after dropping an 89-73
decision to league-leading and 19th-ranked Memphis (24-3, 13-0) Saturday
CONFERENCE USA GAME SUMMARY
East Carolina 72, Southern
Feb. 23, 2013
Facility: Moody Coliseum
Records: ECU 16-10, 7-6; SMU 13-14, 3-9
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