GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Senior Maurice Kemp scored 19 points and freshman Marshall Guilmette added 13 points in his collegiate debut as East Carolina defeated Washington & Lee, 72-50, in its season-opener Saturday night.
Kemp connected on 7-of-14 shots from field and 5-of-6 at the free throw line, while adding six rebounds, four assists and four steals in 25 minutes of action. He scored 15 points in the opening half on 5-of-10 shooting.
Guilmette came off the bench to make each of his four field goal attempts and 5-of-6 free throws, adding six rebounds with a block and a steal in 25 minutes. Junior Akeem Richmond (Sanford, N.C.), also making his ECU debut, added 10 points knocking down 3-of-4 3-point tries.
Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va.) led the Generals with 12 points, while J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C.) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pirates used a 12-0 run over a 3:06 stretch early in the first half to seize control of the game with a pair of bookend 3-pointers from Richmond. ECU built a 15-point first half lead and held a 35-22 advantage at halftime.
The lead ballooned to 26 points (58-32) when Ty Armstrong (Melbourne, Fla.) completed a 3-point play with 10:10 remaining in the contest. Armstrong had seven points and three rebounds in first game since March 2011 when he was member of the Auburn Tigers.
After shooting 37.9 percent in the first half, ECU (1-0) connected on 50 percent of its second half field goals (15-30) and finished the game at 44.1 percent. The Pirates held Washington and Lee to just 33.9 percent shooting (19-56).
East Carolina took advantage of its size down low and outscored the Generals 40-28 in the paint, while also using its speed to score 11 fast break points.
The Pirates won their season opener for the 13th consecutive year and their home opener for the 11th straight year. ECU has won its home opener in 41 of the last 45 years, including 22 of thepast 23.
ECU, which improved to 14-3 at home in non-conference play under Lebo, continues its four-game, season-opening home stand Tuesday with a 7 p.m. tip-off against Methodist College.