Pirates fend off
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East Carolina raced out of
the gates and then sputtered along the rest of the way before wresting a
difficult 62-60 victory from Gardner-Webb Tuesday night in Greenville.
The Pirates jumped out to
a 20-8 lead in the first 12 minutes as the Runnin' Bulldogs missed 17 of
their first 21 field goal attempts.
But a 10-point run by
Gardner-Webb changed the flow of the game and set the stage for a
hard-fought but often inelegant battle.
After going into
intermission with a 32-27 advantage, ECU spent much of the second half
fighting off the Bulldogs.
When the Pirates went cold
from the floor over the game's final 9:50, G-W whittled away at ECU's
lead and finally took its first lead, 55-53, on a Donta Harper dunk with
6:14 to go.
After extending the lead
to 4 on a jumper by Harper at the 5:02 mark, the Bulldogs had an icy
streak of their own, failing to make a bucket the rest of the way.
The teams then settled
into a clumsy battle of free throws.
Senior forward Maurice
Kemp's free throw with 1:01 left gave the Pirates the lead for good, but
G-W had opportunities until the final buzzer to snatch a triumph on
ECU's home court.
errors and missed free throws played a part in preventing either team
from salting away the win as the clock ticked down.
Kemp, with a game-high 22
points, was ECU's only double-figure scorer. Junior forward Robert
Sampson had 15 rebounds to help the Pirates stay even with G-W in the
battle of the boards as both teams recorded 35 caroms.
Harper, a sophomore
wingman, led the Bulldogs with 14 points.
ECU goes on the road
Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. matchup at Massachusetts before taking a short
Christmas break. After the holiday, the Pirates return to action with a
home game against Norfolk State on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m.
East Carolina 62, Gardner-Webb
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 7-2; G-W 7-6
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