ECU Pirates Return Home With CIT Title

The ECU basketball team returned to Greenville early this morning after claiming the CollegeInsider.com tournament championship.

At the buzzer last night, Akeem Richmond hit a three-pointer to push the Pirates ahead of Weber State 77-74.

Hundreds of fans greeted the team when they flew into Pitt-Greenville Airport from Ogden, Utah around 4:30 a.m.

It's the first ever postseason championship in the Pirates history.


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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Akeem Richmond hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift East Carolina over Weber State 77-74 Tuesday night and claim the CollegeInsider.com tournament championship, capping the best season in school history.

The Pirates trailed 71-65 with 2:50 remaining but closed on a 12-3 run.

Weber State (30-7) had a chance to pad its late lead but had trouble at the line, making 9-of-19 free throws overall.

Miguel Paul led East Carolina with 23 points and Maurice Kemp added 20 for the Pirates (23-12), who tied a school record for wins in a season set by the 1953-54 squad.

Scott Bamfort led Weber State with 19 points, and Frank Otis and Davion Berry had 16 apiece.

The loss was Weber State's first at home since Dec. 15, a 10-point setback to Brigham Young. The Wildcats entered Tuesday's game on a 14-game home winning streak.

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Akeem Richmond hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer as East Carolina grabbed the CIT Title 77-74.

It's the first ever postseason championship in the Pirates history.

The Pirates had four players in double-digit points. Miguel Paul led all scorers with 23 points.

Scott Bamforth led Weber State with 19 points.


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