MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis shot over 53 percent from the field and out-rebounded ECU by 19 en route to a 90-70 win over the Pirates at the FedExForum Sunday.
Memphis finished the first half on a 22-5 run to take a 45-30 halftime lead. The Tigers then out-scored the Pirates 25-10 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to double their halftime lead.
Freshman Shawn Williams scored 17 points, reaching double figures for 12th time in the last 14 games. Williams also became the first freshman in school history to make 70 3-pointers in his rookie season. Williams scored double figures for the 18th time this season and has made a 3-pointer in 16 consecutive games. He played all 40 minutes.
Kareem Brewton, Jr. scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and a team-high six assists.
The Pirates conclude the regular season with a 10-19 overall record and 4-14 in the American Athletic Conference, finishing alone in 11th place … Isaac Fleming scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting with six assists and five steals in 39 minutes of action … B.J. Tyson had nine points while playing 38 minutes … The Pirates shot 58.1 percent in the second half, connecting on 18-of-31 field goal attempts … Memphis scored 54 points in the paint … Mike Parks, Jr. scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"We're undermanned and we don't have a lot of experienced guys. We've got a lot of kids playing that if things were a little different in terms of personnel they may not be out there playing as much. We're playing with some young kids out there that might not be ready to play, but they're getting some great experience. They're fighting, competing and playing their hearts out, but there are a lot of nights that we don't have enough bodies… We play teams hard for an extended period of time and eventually fatigue becomes an issue. [We] can't get enough bodies in there to keep these guys fresh." – ECU Interim Head Coach Michael Perry
The Pirates will face either Temple or UCF in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament in Orlando on Thursday, March 8, at approximately 9 p.m. at the Amway Center.