Pirates Pick Up Second C-USA Win

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Robert Sampson scored 13 points and Maurice Kemp added 11 for East Carolina in a 62-43 win over SMU Wednesday night, securing the Pirates' first home Conference USA victory of the season.

In a contest that was close early and tied at 12-all with 11 minutes until halftime, Darrius Morrow's three-point play started a 10-0 Pirates run. East Carolina (11-10, 2-6) led the rest of the way, taking a 31-17 lead at intermission and outscoring the Mustangs 31-26 in the second half.

The Pirates snapped a two-game losing streak against SMU in their all-time series, and have now won two straight games in the wake of a six-game losing skid.

Sampson and Shamarr Bowden each knocked down three 3-pointers for the Pirates, who shot 10 of 28 from the arc (35.7 percent). The Mustangs were 0 of 11 from long range.

Jalen Jones had 11 points for SMU (10-12, 2-6).

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  • by Tate on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Reality, please get back to the cash register at ROSES department store!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:02 AM
    UNC and Duke a lucky not to have ECU on their schedules this year. Another monster game for the Pirates. Keep the winning streak going Pirates.
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      by reality on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to
      step away from the crack pipe! Its amazing how ignorant and delusional people are in ENC, 1 guy gets signed thats called a 3 star recruit and ECU is playing for the bcs championship? The basketball team beats another lousy team and now they can beat 2 teams who have won 8 natl. titles since 82! On the other hand ECU is not the scum of the earth either. Simply put folks, ECU is a struggling athletic program right now, I am sure they will get a real football coach in the next few years and return to C-usa championship form not a national championship though. Well thats my 2 cents worth I have to get back to work so all you welfare folks can argue pirate sports at all hours

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