Pirates Host St. Andrews In Final Game Before Exams

East Carolina vs. St. Andrews
Dec. 4, 2012 | 7:30 p.m. EST
Greenville, N.C.

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East Carolina Pirates Men's Basketball

Things To Know About The Game
•ECU is coming off its first loss of the season Saturday night at Charlotte, 76-64. The Pirates opened the year with five consecutive wins before suffering their first setback.
•East Carolina is a perfect 4-0 at home this season with an average margin of victory of 17.8 points. The last time the Pirates opened their home schedule with five consecutive wins was during coach Jeff Lebo’s first season when they won their first six home games.
•Tuesday night’s game will be the Pirates’ last contest before final exams. ECU will have an 11-day break between games while taking final exams.
•The Pirates are 17-3 in non-conference home games under Lebo and have won eight in a row dating back to last season.
•Tuesday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two schools since 2005.
•The Pirates have won 15 straight against non-Division I opponents and 40 of their last 41 games against their lower tier foes.
•East Carolina compiled a 6-3 home record in the month of December the previous two seasons.
•A victory would give coach Jeff Lebo his 250th career win.

Scouting St. Andrews
•The Knights enter Tuesday night’s game winless with an 0-8 regular season mark, which doesn’t include five exhibition game losses.
•St. Andrews has surrendered over 100 points seven times this season.
•The Knights’ roster is dominated by underclassmen with six freshmen , two sophomores and five juniors.
•St. Andrews has seven junior college transfers on its roster.
•The Knights have three players averaging double figures: Clavontae Brown (17.3), Kenton Man-Chan (13.3) and D.J. Carnegie (12.5).
•Clavontae (5.0), Demetrius Monroe (5.5) and Orlando Edwards (5.7) are each averaging double digit rebounds.
•Darian Cahill (Goldsboro) and Mark Chinn (Jacksonville) are both natives of eastern North Carolina.

ECU-St. Andrews Series History
•Tuesday’s game will be the fifth all-time meeting between East Carolina and St. Andrews. The Pirates have won each of the four previous match-ups.
•The Knights made trips to Greenville in 2008 and `09 with the Pirates posting a 94-58 win during `08 and squeaking out a 74-69 victory in `09.
•Corvonn Gaines is the only current player to have ever competed against the Knights. He had one assist and one steal in six minutes against the Knights in `09.

Early Season Notes, Streaks And Trends
•Senior Maurice Kemp ranks second in Conference USA in scoring with 18.2 points per game. He will be looking to remain the only player to score double figures in every game this season. He scored 16 points during the loss at Charlotte Saturday.
•Senior Shamarr Bowden leads Conference USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (6.33) and ranks third nationally. He has distributed 19 assists and committed just three turnovers this season.
•The Pirates have two players ranked among the top 10 in Conference USA in rebounding: Robert Sampson (9.3/5th) and Maurice Kemp (8.2/9th).
•ECU leads the league in turnover margin (+3.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). The Pirates rank 25th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio.
•Kemp and Sampson have each recorded three double-doubles this season.
•More than 55 percent of ECU’s points have come inside the arc this season (244-of-379). Last season, only 47.8-percent of its points came inside the 3-point line (1022-of-2136).
•ECU has won the battle of the boards four times in the first six games, grabbing over 40 rebounds in each of those games. The Pirates grabbed less than 35 rebounds each time they lost the rebounding battle.
•East Carolina has started the 2012-13 season with four straight home wins, marking the fifth time since the turn of the millennium that it won its first four home games.

Leftover From The Charlotte Game
•The final score of 76-64 was the exact same score by which the 49ers defeated the Pirates inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum last season. 8ECU sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell reached double figures for the first time this season with 12 points, including the team’s first 4-point play of the year. 8Senior Miguel Paul handed out five assists to become the 14th member of the 200-assist club at ECU. 8The Pirates were out-rebounded (45-31) for just the second time this season. UNCG also won the battle of the boards against ECU, 34-31. 8ECU failed to shoot 50 percent for at least one half for a second consecutive game.

Sampson Boarding Up
•Junior Robert Sampson grabbed a total of 34 rebounds in consecutive games against Appalachian State and Georgia State. Sampson pulled down a career-high 18 against Appalachian State then garnered 16 boards at Georgia State.
•His total of 34 rebounds in two consecutive games is the most in the past 25 years (1987-88). He is the first player to total 30 boards in back-to-back games since Corey Rouse grabbed 30 (17/13) in consecutive games against Houston and UAB in 2006.
•His 18 rebounds were the most since Erroyl Bing grabbed an ECU record 24 against South Florida in 2003.
•Sampson is just the fifth different player in the last 10 years to grab 15 rebounds for the Pirates (Erroyl Bing 5, Corey Rouse 3, Moussa Badiane 2, Gabe Blair 1).
•He has been the team’s leading rebounder in four of the first six games.
•Sampson ranks sixth in the league in rebounding with 9.3 boards per game.

Gaines And Paul Join 200-Assist Club
•8Seniors Corvonn Gaines and Miguel Paul each handed their 200th career assist this season. Gaines reached the mark in the opener against Washington & Lee, while Paul achieved the milestone against Charlotte.
•It took Gaines 92 games to reach 200 career helpers, while Paul did in just 35 games.
•Paul is on pace to become the seventh player in school history to amass 300 assists. He needs to average 4.2 assists per game over the final 24 scheduled games to reach the mark.

At The Net And On The Glass
•Senior Maurice Kemp and junior Robert Sampson have each recorded a trio of double-doubles this season.
•Kemp is one of 21 ECU players since 1966 to post 10 double-doubles in his career. Kemp registered seven last season to go along with the aforementioned three this year.
•Corey Rouse was the last player to have over 10 double-double in a season (17, 2005-06).

Up Next
• ECU will be off for the next 11 days while taking final exams. The Pirates will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 against North Carolina. Tip-off is schedule for 12 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith in Chapel Hill. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

 

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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