Pirates Fall To Memphis 70-59

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Chris Crawford scored 16 points and Wesley Witherspoon recorded a double-double to push Memphis past East Carolina 70-59 on Wednesday night.

Will Barton added 15 points, while Witherspoon scored 12 and pulled down 11 boards for the Tigers (17-7, 7-2 Conference USA), who have won back-to-back games and five of six. That only loss in their recent slate of games came against Southern Miss on Feb. 1, the first-place team in the conference.

Memphis stayed in the thick of the conference race with a win in this one, though, getting ahead early in a close game. The Tigers never trailed after the opening minutes, led 37-25 at intermission and held on despite being outscored 34-33 by the Pirates in the second half.

Memphis outscored East Carolina 40-24 in the paint and got 21 points off 15 Pirates turnovers.

Miguel Paul finished with 13 points to pace the Pirates (12-11, 3-7).

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  • by Kenny Location: greenville on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    ECU basketball is headed in the rite direction..Coach Lebo is a good hire n will turn the pirate basketball around look at last year n see what he did in year 1 ..ECU is D-1 school n we have loads of talent in state to compete but ECU doesnt recruit in state players or had a coach/AD that cared for basketball until the Lebo hire...schools like davidson, UNCW, are making the ncaa tourney why cant we..Just be patient pirate fanz its a work in progress but we got a coach that will turn ecu into a winner.
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      by skeptic on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:21 PM in reply to Kenny
      I hope your right Kenny! BUT I think Lebo is gone as soon as he has any success. I think ECU needs a new AD before the basketball or football programs are turned around.Maybe I am wrong.
  • by Luis Location: Greenville on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:39 AM
    Why does ECU have a basketball program again. They never win and the money could be used somewhere else.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM in reply to Luis
      Hey man, they have won! They made the tournament back in...what was it, 92? 91? LOL
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      by agree with Luis on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:22 PM in reply to Luis
      Amen Luis!
  • by How it is on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:45 PM
    That is why Memphis is Big East bound and little old ECU is stuck with the cream puffs.

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