Pirates charge back to
advance in CIT
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Miguel Paul & Akeem Richmond...
Miguel Paul picked a good time to
find his shooting eye in East Carolina's game against visiting Savannah
State Tuesday night.
The senior point guard nailed a
three off an assist from Akeem Richmond with 47 seconds left to give ECU
its first lead. Thirty-four seconds later, Paul hit a decisive pair of
free throws to help the Pirates capture a 66-65 comeback victory in the
first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Richmond, a junior guard, sealed
the triumph when he planted his hand on the ball as SSU senior forward
Rashad Hassen tried to get off a last second shot.
Paul, who made only 2-of-8 field
goal attempts, scored 8 of ECU's final 12 points as the Pirates put the
finishing touches on a remarkable rally that overcame a double-digit
lead held by SSU during much of the second half.
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Miguel Paul launches the three that gave ECU
its first lead with 47 seconds left. (W.A. Myatt photo)
After jumping out front on a trey
by junior guard Deven Williams in the game's first minute, the Tigers
led the entire first half and built 15-point advantages on two occasions
in the final frame before ECU began its charge.
Maurice Kemp, a first-team
All-Conference USA stalwart, was the Pirates' offensive catalyst. The
senior forward led all scorers with 21 points and had 6 assists and a
game-high 4 steals.
Richmond, who has excelled in his
role as ECU's sixth man, came off the bench to fire in four threes and
score 14 points.
Paul finished with 10 points and
junior forward Robert Sampson had 9 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Williams scored 18 points and
senior forward Louis Arnold had 15 to pace Savannah State (19-15).
The outcome marked ECU's first
postseason win since joining the Division I ranks in 1965-66 and assured
the Pirates a host spot in the CIT second round. ECU (19-12) will face
an opponent to be named on Saturday at 5 p.m.
CIT FIRST ROUND
Eastern Kentucky 69, Gardner Webb
East Carolina 66, Savannah State 65
Rider 63, Hartford 54
Youngstown State 99, Oakland 87
Loyola MD 70, Boston University 63
Evansville 84, Tennessee State 72
Kent State 73, Fairfield 71
Canisius 69, Elon 53
Northern Iowa 77, North Dakota 66
Bradley 75, Green Bay 69
Tulane 84, South Alabama 73
Illinois-Chicago 80, Chicago State 69
Oral Roberts 84, UT Arlington 76
Weber State 85, Cal Poly 43
UC Irvine 80, High Point 71
Air Force 69, Hawaii 65
East Carolina 66, Savannah State
Mar. 19, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 18-12; SSU 17-14
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