Pirates Win First Ever C-USA Tournament Game

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Darrius Morrow's double-double propelled East Carolina to a 75-60 victory over UCF in the first round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday.

Morrow had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-14), who will face top-seeded UAB (22-7) in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Jamar Abrams hit four 3-pointers among his 15 points, and Robert Sampson went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in scoring 12 for East Carolina, which went 10 of 17 from long range. Brock Young added nine points, seven assists and five steals.

Keith Clanton scored 15 points to pace the ninth-seeded Knights (19-11). Isaac Sosa scored 11, and Marcus Jordan had seven assists.

UCF went on a 16-2 run late in the first half and led 39-34 at intermission.

But East Carolina had closed within 43-41 when Morrow scored six straight points. That made it 47-43 with 13:03 left and put the Pirates ahead to stay.

• ECU wins its first-ever Conference USA Tournament game. Lost its first seven tournament games.
• Snaps 12-game conference tournament losing streak. Last win was in the first round of the 1996 CAA Tournament.
• Darrius Morrow posted his second double-doulbe of the season.
• Robert Sampson scored a career-high 12 points.
• The Pirates recorded their first three-game sweep of an opponenet during a season since 1974-75, when they beat The Citadel three times.
• ECU has won four of its last five games.
• ECU posted its 17th win, its most since winning 17 during the 1996-97 campaign.

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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 10, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    They also won their second tournament game ever. Huge overtime victory over the conference champs of the regular season! Hopefully this does'nt cost UAB a playoff position! Best of luck to UAB. How about we bring on Memphis again.
  • by Henry on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    So I'm seeing ECU is getting support from both Duke and UNC fans, but not from the N.C. State fans. I guess State fans hate ECU worse than the other 2 triangle schools.
  • by local fan Location: washington nc on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    im glad lebo is doing so well!! im a huge unc fan, but i will admit i like ECU Basketball!! Will they show the game today at 1 on witn?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Top 25 doesn't always count. Alabama is almost in the top 25 and probably wont get into the tourney. So yes RPI is important. And if you are talking about top 25 being important the ACC only has 2 teams in the top 25. The A10 and Mountian West have just as many.
  • by JDLadd said....... Location: ENC on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    JDLadd has gone undercover as anonymous now. I would do the same thing had I said.......'one and done' for the pirates. Too bad JD....or anonymous.....you were wrong again. Nice job Pirates!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    Who cares about RPI's? It's the top 25 that counts.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    Please explain how CUSA is terrible? 6 teams with RPI above 60. ACC has 5 teams above 60 and is ranked 5 in RPI. The leauge is much improved. Teams that have an RPI in the 30's (Memphis) and SOS 54 will not get in but a team like (VT) RPI 67 and SOS in the 90's will. Makes no sense....but I am sure JTG, Dave or JDLadd will the answer.
  • by Duke fan on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    Arrrrgggghhh! I'm a lifetime Duke fan whose glad a UNC guy is leading the Pirates to victory on the basketball court!! Great job, Lebo!
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    Congrats to ECU players and Coach Lebo.
  • by JTG on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    CUSA is terrible. Even if the UAB Blazers win the CUSA tournament, they will get blasted by one of the big boys. They need to rename it to Cushion USA.
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