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Sophomore forward Robert Sampson scored 13 points and junior forward Maurice Kemp had 11 to pace a balanced attack as East Carolina easily disposed of Conference USA foe Southern Methodist 62-43 Wednesday night in Greenville.

The Pirates went on a 10-0 run midway into the first half to transform a tie into a 22-12 lead and controlled the momentum for the rest of the game. Senior forward Darrius Morrow ignited the surge with a conventional 3-point play and Kemp punctuated the outburst with a dunk with 5:50 left in the half.

Junior guard Corvonn Gaines nailed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to increase East Carolina's halftime advantage to 31-17.

Freshman guard Jalen Jones was SMU's only double-figure scorer with 11 points. The Mustangs' top offensive threat, senior forward Robert Nyakundi, did not play in the game.

The Pirates (11-10, 2-6 C-USA) built their margin to as much as 27 when Sampson hit consecutive 3-pointer in the middle of the second frame. The second one, with 10:13 left in the game, boosted the lead to 52-25.

The outcome was influenced by East Carolina's domination in a couple of key aspects of the game. The Pirates won the rebound battle 33-22 and seized a huge offensive advantage by making 10-of-28 shots from 3-point range (35.7%). The Mustangs (10-12, 2-6) were 0-for-11 from beyond the arc.

East Carolina will have a chance to earn its third league win in a row when it hosts Rice on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Owls (13-10, 4-4) are coming off a 77-75 Wednesday night home win over Texas-El Paso.

BOX SCORE

EAST CAROLINA 62, SOUTHERN METHODIST 43

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Place: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, NC
Attendance: 4,281
Records: ECU 11-10 (2-6 Conference USA); SMU 10-12 (2-6)

SCORE BY PERIODS     1   2  FINAL
Southern Methodist  17  26  -  43
East Carolina       31  31  -  62

SMU MUSTANGS
 # PLAYER                      FG   3PT    FT  R PTS MIN
...........................    ..   ...    ..  . ... ...
02 Williams, Shawn....... f   4-6   0-1   0-2  3   8  29
03 Smith, Leslee......... f   3-4   0-1   1-2  1   7  14
11 Giles, London......... g   1-5   0-2   2-2  1   4  30
12 Samarrippas, Jeremiah. g   2-9   0-2   0-0  5   4  33
21 Jones, Jalen.......... g   4-6   0-1   3-4  8  11  35
00 Clinkscales, Rodney.....   0-3   0-2   0-0  0   0  12
01 Manuel, Ryan............   0-0   0-0   2-2  1   2  12
05 Vilde, Ricmonds.........   1-2   0-1   1-3  0   3  17
13 Patsevich, Aliaksei.....   1-2   0-1   0-0  1   2  11
15 Cunningham, Cannen......   1-2   0-0   0-0  0   2   7
TEAM.......................                    2
TOTALS..................... 17-39  0-11  9-15 22  43 200
PERCENT....................  43.6   0.0  60.0

ECU PIRATES
 # PLAYER                      FG   3PT    FT  R PTS MIN
...........................    ..   ...    ..  . ... ...
01 Morrow, Darrius....... f   3-3   0-0   2-3  9   8  30
02 Kemp, Maurice......... f   4-6   1-2   2-2  2  11  24
00 Paul, Miguel.......... g   4-9   1-5   0-0  2   9  35
20 Bowden, Shamarr....... g   3-9   3-9   0-0  2   9  24
23 Straughn, Erin........ g   2-4   1-3   0-0  5   5  21
03 Torlak, Petar...........   1-1   0-0   0-0  0   2   4
10 Edosomwan, Francis......   0-0   0-0   0-0  0   0   0+
11 Gaines, Corvonn.........   1-2   1-2   0-2  3   3  20
12 Sampson, Robert.........   5-9   3-3   0-3  6  13  23
22 CAMPBELL, Paris.........   0-5   0-4   2-2  2   2  17
35 Morales, Darius.........   0-0   0-0   0-0  1   0   2
TEAM.......................                    1
TOTALS..................... 23-48 10-28  6-12 33  62 200
PERCENT....................  47.9  35.7  50.0

Fouled out: None
Technical Fouls: Robert Sampson
Officials: James Breeding, Terry Davis, Brent Hampton

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