Corvonn Gaines’ 3 Lifts ECU Over UCF In Overtime
GREENVILLE, NC Jan. 12, 2013 – Senior Corvonn Gaines drained a 3-pointer just before the overtime buzzer, capping a comeback from a 17-point second-half deficit and giving East Carolina a wild 88-85 victory over UCF Saturday night inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. It was Gaines’ only shot of the game.
“I knew Miguel was going to try to make a good play and he found me in the corner,” Gaines said. “I just let it go.”
After UCF senior Keith Clanton, who poured in a career-high 36 points, tied the game by powering to the basket for a layup with 14 seconds to play, Miguel Paul took the inbound pass from the baseline and dribbled into the frontcourt. Paul drove and kicked it out to Gaines for the win.
UCF’s hail mary toward the basket fell short and Gaines was mobbed by his teammates.
When asked if he’d ever done that before, Gaines’ answer was simple.
“No. That’s my first one.”
Gaines, who was just 4-of-16 behind the arc this season and only a career 28.8 percent 3-point shooter, hadn’t made a 3 since the Massachusetts game and had only three attempts the previous four games.
“C was in the left corner and Miguel made a great pass,” ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo said. “C isn’t shooting a high percentage, but sometimes in practice he can make them better than anybody. He stepped in there with some confidence and nailed it. “
Ty Armstrong, Maurice Kemp, Shamarr Bowden and Paul each scored 16 points for ECU (10-5, 1-1 C-USA) with Robert Sampson positing a double-double, netting 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Paul also handed out 11 assists for his first double-double of the season.
Tristan Spulock produced a double-double for UCF (11-5, 1-1 C-USA) with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pirates were able to force overtime after trailing by 17 points, 59-42, with 11:49 to play.
“We’ve been in this position a gazillion other times this year,” Lebo said. “We know it can happen; we know it can happen quickly. There is a lot of stuff that can happen in 11 and a half minutes in a basketball game. We just chipped away, made some key plays and got a couple of stops coming down the stretch.”
Kemp started a 12-3 run that brought the Pirates within eight, 62-54, with 7:09 to play. Paris Roberts-Campbell and Bowden both buried 3s during the run. UCF twice pushed its lead back to 10 before Paul converted a 3-point play to cut the Pirates’ deficit to seven.
Bowden then sank back-to-back 3s to make it a three-point game, 72-69, with 3:47 to play. After Sampson cut the lead to one with a thunderous dunk, Paul completed a three-point play to tie the game at 72 before Kemp gave ECU its first lead since the 6:25 mark of the first half with a pair of free throws with 59 seconds to play in regulation.
Clanton then tied the game with another power move to basket with 17 seconds left in the second half.
Paul had a chance to win the game, but was striped by Kasey Wilson and the game moved into the extra period.
The two teams traded baskets three times in the extra session before Bowden made a 3-pointer to put the Pirates ahead, 85-83, with 1:20 left.
The Pirates jumped out to an 18-10 lead in the first eight minutes, going 7-of-15 from the field which included 4-of-9 behind the arc. ECU scored nine straight points as Paul buried consecutive 3-pointers with a Roberts-Campbell 3 sandwiched between.
The Knights proceeded to go on a 10-2 run over the next 2:53 to tie the game at 20-all. UCF took the lead for good with 2:49 on basket in the lane by Dylan Karell.
UCF ended the first half on a 12-3 run to take a 36-27 lead into halftime. The Pirates made just two field goals in the final seven minutes as the Knights turned a two-point deficit into a nine-point advantage.
Spurlock gave the Knights’ their first double-digit lead on the opening possession of the second half as they pushed their lead to 17 before Kemp’s fastbreak layup ignited the crowd rally.