ECU Made a School-Record 18 Threes During Victory Over the Knights
GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina knocked down a school-record 18 3-pointers en route to a 111-59 victory over NAIA institution St. Andrews inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Tuesday night. The Pirates connected on 18-of-36 triples, outscoring the Knight behind the arc, 54-9.
The game was the final contest for the Pirates (6-1) before beginning final exams on Thursday. Their next game will be Dec. 15 at No. 20 North Carolina.
Senior Shamarr Bowden nailed all five of his 3-point attempts to finish with a season-high 15 points. Junior Akeem Richmond also scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting behind the arc. Paris Roberts-Campbell scored double digits for a second straight game with 11 points.
St. Andrews’ junior Clavontae Brown led all scorers with 18 points, while senior Demetrius Monroe added 14 points for the winless Knights (0-8).
ECU came into the game shooting 26.2 percent from behind the 3-point line as team. However on this night, it was finally able to connect from beyond the arc, sinking 50 percent of its attempts.
“It was nice to see the 3-ball go down,” Pirate head coach Jeff Lebo said. “We were last in Conference USA in 3-point shooting coming into the game, but we knew we were better shooters than what we had shown. ”
Bowden doubled his 3-point field goals made season total with his performance, after making just five 3-pointers in the first six games.
The game, the fourth meeting between the instate foes since 2005, was all but over midway through the first half.
After missing six of their first nine shots, the Pirates caught fire making nine of their next 10 shots to take a commanding 32-12 lead less than 10 minutes into the frame. ECU scored 12 consecutive points on 3s with Bowden sinking two in a row followed by one from Richmond and another by Bowden.
Richmond and sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell each made three 3-pointers in the opening frame as the Pirates connected on 13-of-20 behind the arc.
The lead reached 30 points as Yasin Kolo made two free throws with 4:24 left until intermission. ECU added four points to that lead and posted a 34-point halftime advantage, scoring a school record 64 first half points en route to a 64-30 halftime lead.
The Pirates’ lead dipped below 30 just once in the second half, as the Knights opened the second half by scoring seven of the first eight points. ECU countered with a 21-8 run to push its lead to 41 with 8:19 remaining.
Richmond pushed ECU over 100 points for the first time since last year’s season opener with the record-breaking 18th 3-pointer. All 15 players that dressed played with 14 of them scoring.
“We got a chance to play a lot of people,” said Lebo, who won his 250th career game. “It was nice for those kids who work really hard in practice, but don’t get a chance to play much to play significant minutes.”