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ECU SID Game Recap

Schedule, Scores, Attendance


Pirates charge back to advance in CIT

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Post-game audio: Jeff Lebo... | 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 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.


Tuesday night:

• Eastern Kentucky 69, Gardner Webb 62
• 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

Wednesday night:

• 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 Tournament
East Carolina 66, Savannah State 65

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Attendance: 2,053
Records: ECU 18-12; SSU 17-14


Savannah State 32 33 65
East Carolina 25 41 66

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