ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Darin Green Jr. scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting with five 3-pointers and Central Florida romped past East Carolina 94-62 on Sunday.
Matt Milon added four 3-pointers and 16 points for the Knights (16-14, 7-11 American Athletic Conference). Collin Smith scored 12 points with eight rebounds and Dazon Ingram had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
The 94 points were a season best for Central Florida, which also registered season highs with 15 3-pointers on 29 attempts and 24 assists.
Tristen Newton had 20 points for the Pirates (11-20, 5-13). Jayden Gardner added 17 points and seven rebounds. J.J. Miles had 13 points and six rebounds.
Central Florida defeated East Carolina 68-64 on Feb. 6.
The stage is set for the 2020 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, to be held March 12-15 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, with East Carolina seeded No. 11 and set to face No. 6 seed Memphis on Thursday, March 12.
The Pirates and Tigers are scheduled to tip-off at approximately 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU in the final game of the first round.
East Carolina has lost four in a row to Memphis, including a 77-73 loss at the FedExForum earlier this month. Thursday’s game will mark just the second postseason meeting between the Pirates and Tigers. The previous game occurred in the semifinals of the 2011 Conference USA Championship in El Paso, Texas.