East Carolina Pulls Away Late To Beat Rice 82-68

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Darrius Morrow scored 16 points and Maurice Kemp had a double-double to help East Carolina to an 82-68 win over Rice on Saturday.

Kemp finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds -- five offensive -- for the Pirates (12-10, 3-6 Conference USA), who have won three in a row. Miguel Paul also had 14 points with a game-high six assists, while Corvonn Gaines and Paris Campbell each had 13 points.

East Carolina trailed 54-53 with 12:38 left in the second half when Rice's Omar Oraby scored on a layup. But the Owls (13-1, 4-5) would never lead again, as the Pirates answered with a 3-pointer by Robert Sampson to take a two-point lead.

East Carolina went on to finish the game strong, pushing its lead to 16 points -- its largest of the game.

Dylan Ennis led Rice with 21 points and Tamir Jackson added 17.

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  • by KTDAW Location: Pinetown on Feb 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM
    I was at this game. I remember seen the first play of the game cause it was a dunk........
  • by Brandon Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    Great game, Pirates! Let's keep this momentum through the rest of the season and into the C-USA tournament!
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Feb 5, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    Way to go ECU, keep getting the W's.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 at 04:21 AM
    at this rate the Big East will be calling by season's end...oh wait... nevermind...lol
    • reply
      by LOL! on Feb 5, 2012 at 07:56 AM in reply to
      ... as if the reconfigured Big East is a desirable destination...?
  • by Pirate on Feb 4, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    Nice win Pirates!
  • by Pirate on Feb 4, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    Nice win Pirates!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2012 at 05:54 PM
    Way to go Pirates, keep the winning streak alive. ENC is pulling for you.
    • reply
      by Hater on Feb 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM in reply to
      I live in ENC and I am DEFINITELY NOT pulling for ECU!!!!
      • reply
        by Loser on Feb 5, 2012 at 05:56 AM in reply to Hater
        Move your trailer West to Chapel Hill and cheer on the Heels. I'm sure that's where you graduated from.

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