GREENVILLE, N.C. – Freshman Darrius Morrow recorded his first career double-double and senior James Legan tied a career-high with 20 points to lead the East Carolina men’s basketball team past St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 94-58, on Sunday afternoon inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
ECU improves to 2-0 on the season and St. Andrews falls to 0-2. The win marks the first time since the 2004-05 campaign that ECU has posted back-to-back wins to start a season.
Morrow tallied 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his second collegiate contest. Legan shot 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, en route to his second career 20-point performance.
Senior Sam Hinnant added 14 points and five assists, while sophomore DaQuan Joyner made 6-of-7 shots to tally a career-high 13 points off the bench for the Pirates. Sophomore Brock Young played solid at the point guard position with nine points, seven assists and four steals.
Senior Joseph Gripper led St. Andrews’ offense with 15 points and five rebounds. Senior Taiwon Grooms added 12 points and sophomore Zack Garst collected a game-high 11 boards.
The Knights stormed out the gate early, holding a 9-3 lead to open the contest. St. Andrews led 10-5 when ECU connected on three-consecutive 3s by Legan, Jamar Abrams and Young to take the lead for good, 14-12, at the 12:40 mark.
The Pirates held a 26-22 lead when they outscored the Knights 17-4 over the final five minutes of the half. Legan knocked down two straight 3s followed by a Joyner dunk to highlight the scoring rally. Hinnant drained a pull-up jumper with five seconds remaining to round out the scoring for the half, 43-26.
ECU shot 48.6 percent (18-for-37) from the field, including an impressive 43.8 percent (7-for-13) from behind the arc prior to intermission. St. Andrews was held to 33.3 percent (10-for-30) from the field and hit 1-of-9 3-pointers.
The Pirates continued their run in the second half, outscoring the Knights 22-9 over the first eight minutes. A Chris Turner basket at the 11:28 mark pushed the ECU lead to 65-35. St. Andrews would get no closer than 24 points – 65-41 – the rest of the afternoon.
ECU ended the contest shooting 52.2 percent (36-for-69) from the floor and 42.9 percent on 3-point attempts (9-for-21). St. Andrews finished with a 34.9 shooting percentage (22-for-63) and 17.6 percent on 3s (3-for-17).
ECU will return to the hardwood on Wednesday, November 19 against Campbell University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.