ECU Pirates Take Down UAB To Win 1,000th Game

Ty Armstrong scored 18 points to lead six East Carolina players in double figures

From staff and wire reports

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Ty Armstrong scored 18 points to lead six East Carolina players in double figures in a 91-85 victory over UAB in a Conference USA game Wednesday night, recording the 1,000th triumph in the program’s 80-year history.

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Armstrong also had 10 rebounds for the Pirates (12-6, 3-2), who snapped a five-game road-losing streak and won at Bartow Arena for the second straight season. It was Armstrong’s first career double-double.

Maurice Kemp scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime and Paris Roberts-Campbell, who started in place of the injured Shamarr Bowden, had a season-high 16 points. Bowden, who had started the previous five games, was sidelined due to a back injury.

Miguel Paul tied an ECU record with a career-best 14 assists to go along with 12 points for this second double-double in the last four games. Akeem Richmond also added 12 points, sinking 4-of-6 3-pointers. Robert Sampson contributed 10 as all five starters scored double figures for the second time in five C-USA games.

The Blazers (8-11, 0-4) lost their fifth in a row. Rod Rucker had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead UAB, Jordan Swing had 16 points and Quincy Taylor 14.

A notoriously slow starting team, ECU quickly got out of the gate and made five of its first 10 shots and raced out to a 10-2 in the first four minutes. UAB then went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 12, part of three ties and five lead changes during the opening 20 points.

Richmond had given the Pirates a six-point cushion with three seconds remaining in the half, but Terrence Jones threw in a 3-pointer from 10-feet beyond half court to cut their lead to three at intermission, 41-38.

ECU maintained the lead for nearly the first five minutes of the second half before consecutive layups from Rucker and Preston Purifoy gave the Blazers a 54-51 advantage.

Kemp, Paul, Campbell, Richmond and Sampson all scored during a 12-2 run midway through the second half that gave East Carolina a 63-56 lead.

The Pirates pushed their lead to 11, 84-73, with 2:19 remaining on the strength of a Sampson free throw. The Blazers then went on an 8-1 run to cut the lead to four with 1:13 to play.

ECU then converted 6-of-10 free throws in the final minute, including 3-of-4 by Kemp in the last 20 seconds to record their first road win since November. The Pirates made 14-of-20 free throws in the second half to help preserve the lead, considerably better than the 10-of-21 they hit in a 77-56 loss at Marshall on Saturday. They finished 17-of-23 at the charity stripe (73.9 percent) and shot a season-best 55.2 percent from the field, including a season-high 55.8 percent from outside the arc (10-17).

The Pirates limited UAB to just 43.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 4-of-13 (.308) from 3 in the second half after the Blazers torched the nets for 53.8 percent (7-13) behind the arc in the opening frame.

The Pirates made 14 of 20 free throws in the second half to help preserve the lead, considerably better than the 10 of 21 they hit in a 77-56 loss at Marshall on Saturday.

The Blazers (8-11, 0-4) lost their fifth in a row. Rod Rucker had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead UAB, Jordan Swing had 16 points and Quincy Taylor 14.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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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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