Pirates Welcome Appalachian State For Pre-Thanksgiving Game

East Carolina vs. Appalachian State
Nov. 20, 2012 | 7 p.m. EST
Greenville, N.C.

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ECU Pirates Men's Basketball

Things To Know About The Game
•East Carolina is looking for its fourth straight win to start the season Tuesday against Appalachian State. The Pirates are coming off a 76-73 victory over UNCG on Friday night.
•ECU posted a 67-47 victory over Appalachian State at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte last season. Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 18 points in the game.
•East Carolina is 9-2 against Southern Conference opponents since the 2005-06 season (Appalachian State 1-0, UNCG 6-1, Western Carolina 0-1, Wofford 2-0) and have won six in a row against its regional foes.
•The Pirates are 15-3 at home in non-conference games under coach Jeff Lebo. ECU was 7-2 at home against non-Conference USA foes last season and 6-1 the previous year.
•East Carolina has won eight consecutive non-conference games dating back to last season, including seven straight at home.
•The coaching match-up features a pair of former North Carolina lettermen: ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo ` 89 and Appalachian State Head Coach Jason Capel `02.
•After scoring 24 points in his season debut Friday, Miguel Paul will be looking to post back-to-back 20 points games for the second time in his career. He did it last year in consecutive games against Houston and Southern Miss.

Looking For A 4-0 Start
•The Pirates will be looking to start their season 4-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign when they opened up with seven straight wins. Its the only time in the school’s DI era that ECU has started the year 4-0.
•Coach Jeff Lebo had two teams win their first four games during his Auburn tenure (5: 2004-05, 4: 2006-07).

Early Season Notes, Streaks And Trends
•East Carolina has started the 2012-13 season with a 3-0, marking the fifth time since the turn of the millennium that t was won three straight to start the year. The Pirates started 3-0 just once (1969-70) in the prior 31 seasons.
•Senior Maurice Kemp is the lone player to score double figures in each of the first three games (19 vs. Washington & Lee, 21 vs. Methodist, 16 vs. UNCG).
•Freshman Marshall Guilmette has connected on 80.0 percent of his field goal attempts (12-15).He ranked sixth in the NCAA in field goal percentage entering play on Monday (ESPN.com).
•The Pirates have shot over 50 percent from the floor in the second half of each of the first three games.
•Six players (Paul, Kemp, Guilmette, Torlak, Bowden, Gaines) on the team have more assists than turnovers and four (Paul, Kemp, Richmond, Torlak) have more steals than turnovers. The Pirates had more assists than turnovers in each and more steals than turnovers in the first two games.
•A double-double has been recorded the last two games. Robert Sampson had 14 points and 10 rebounds against Methodist before Maurice Kemp had 16 and 10 versus UNCG.
•ECU has won its season opener for 13 straight seasons.

Uncommon Distribution
•Senior Shamarr Bowden has handed out 16 assists in three games this season, including a career-high nine in the season opener.. Last year, he distributed 20 total assists in 28 games.
•Senior Maurice Kemp is averaging 3.7 assists through three games. Last year, he averaged 1.1 per game. 8Six-foot-9 freshman forward Marshall Guilmette dished out a game-high four assists against UNCG.

Overcoming Double Digit Deficits
•For the second straight season, ECU overcame a second half double digit deficit to defeat UNCG. The Pirates rallied from 14 points down to win by three, 76-73, on Friday after overcoming a 10-point second half deficit to win by nine, 71-62, at the Greensboro Coliseum last season.
•The 14-point comeback is tied for the seventh largest deficit overcome since 1981.
•The Pirates have overcome five double digit deficits under coach Jeff Lebo.
•Lebo directed the Pirates’ largest come-from-behind victory in C-USA play, overcoming a 15-point deficit at Marshall.

Leftover From The UNCG Game
•ECU improved to 5-1 all-time versus the Spartans.
•Maurice Kemp posted his eighth career double-double. He also led the Pirates in assists for just the second time in his career. He tied his career-high by dishing out four dimes.
•Miguel Paul made his season debut with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 behind the arc. It was the 10th 20-point game of his career. Paul also tied his career-high for rebounds with six.
•The Pirates led for the final 6:33 after trailing the majority of the first 33 minutes.

Guilmette Earns Weekly Freshman Honor
•Marshall Guilmette was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week for the week ending Nov. 18. He is just the second player in ECU history to win the weekly award (Darrius Morrow, 2009).
•Guilmette helped to a 2-0 week with wins over Methodist and UNCG. The Kennesaw, Ga. native averaged 9.5 points and seven rebounds in the two wins, while shooting a combined 61.5 percent (8-13) from the field.
•He scored double figures for the second in three games this season with 10 points against UNCG to go along with five rebounds and a team-four assists. Earlier in the week against Methodist, he narrowly missed recording his first career double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Last Year Against Appalachian State
•East Carolina led wire-to-wire en route to a 67-47 victory over Appalachian State at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. ECU held a 13-point halftime lead (30-17) and never had its lead slip under double figures in the second half.
•Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 18 points, going 9-of-9 at the free throw line and 3-of-4 behind the arc. He also had five assists and five rebounds.
•ECU held Appalachian State to 17 first half points, the fewest allowed by the Pirates in a half during the entire season. ASU shot just 26.1 percent in the opening half (6-23).
•The Pirates scored 24 points off 22 Mountaineer turnovers.
•ECU connected on 59 percent of its second half field goal attempts (13-22) and finished shooting 49.0 percent for the floor (24-49). The Pirates connected on 7-of-12 3-point field goal attempts.
•Jamaal Trice scored 27 of the Mountaineers’ 47 points. Trice was 8-of-14 from the field, while his teammates combined to go 6-of-30.

Injury Update
•Freshman Michael Zangari suffered an ankle sprain during the season opener against Washington and Lee and has missed the last two games due to the injury. Zangari returned to practice Sunday and Monday, but has not been cleared to play.
•Senior Erin Straughn will be out indefinitely with a lower right leg injury.

UP NEXT
• ECU will play their first road game of the season on Monday, Nov. 26 against Georgia State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Atlanta.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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