ECU Riding Momentum Into The Chowan Game

ECU Welcomes Neighboring Chowan To Minges

East Carolina vs. Chowan
Nov. 14, 2013 | 7 p.m. EST
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum | Greenville, N.C.

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East Carolina Pirates men's basketball

GREENVILLE, NC November 13, 2013

  • East Carolina will look to start the season 3-0 for the second straight year when it welcomes neighboring NCAA Division II Chowan to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Thursday.
  • The Pirates have won seven straight games dating back to last season, tied with Baylor for the third longest streak in the nation behind Louisville (18) and Texas Southern (14).
  • ECU has won seven straight at home dating back to last season. A win on Thursday would give the Pirates their longest home court winning streak since winning nine in a row at Minges Coliseum from Feb. – Dec. 2003.
  • East Carolina has won 18 in a row over non-Division I opponents. Since the arrival of coach Jeff Lebo, the Pirates are 12-0 against its lower division foes.
  • Thursday night’s game is the Pirates’ second meeting in three years with Chowan. The Pirates posted a 78-62 win over the Hawks on Nov. 26, 2011.Quick Facts About East Carolina
  • Junior Paris Roberts-Campbell is the lone returning starter from last year’s 23-13 CIT Championship team. Senior Akeem Richmond is the Pirates’ lone double figure returning scorer (10.9).
  • Richmond led Conference USA with 3.00 3-point field goals made per game last season, sinking and ECU record 105 3s, ninth-most in the history of the 18-year old conference. He is the second-leading returning 3-point shooter in the conference after ranking fifth in the league with a .420 shooting percentage behind the arc last season.
  • Richmond and Roberts-Campbell combined to average 45.7 minutes per game last season; the other six returning letterman combined to average 19.7 minutes per game.
  • Through two games scoring has been balanced across the four classes. ECU’s trio of juniors (Roberts-Campbell, Francis Edomsomwan, Antonio Robinson) has scored 51 points, while its freshmen threesome (Greg Alexander, Brandan Stith, Caleb White) has netted 50 points. The senior duo of Akeem Richmond and Petar Torlak have combined for 43 points, while the sophomore quartet of Marshall Guilmette, Peyton Robbins, Prince Williams and Michael Zangari has contributed 38 points. About The Chowan Hawks
  • Chowan has been picked to finish sixth in the North Division of the CIAA after posting a 7-20 record last year and going winless in league play (0-16).
  • The Hawks return four starters this season: Ashante Ross (10.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Greg Alston (3.7 ppg, 3.5 apg), Kyree Bethel (3.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and 2012-13 CIAA Rookie-of-the-Year Kortez Smith (9.1 ppg, 3.1 apg).
  • The Pirates and Hawks have four common opponents: Campbell, Fayetteville State, Mount Olive and UNC Greensboro. Next Time Out
  • East Carolina will return to action Monday, Nov. 18, against Norfolk State in the First Round of the 2013 NIT Tip-Off in Durham. The Pirates defeated the Spartans in Greenville last season, 74-63.Richmond To The Rescue
  • For the second time in the Pirates’ last three games going back to last year, Akeem Richmond has made the game-winning basket. He made the CIT Championship winning 3-pointer as time expired against Weber State last before sinking 3-of-3 free throws with 1.2 seconds left and ECU down by two Tuesday against UNCG.It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over
  • Eleven times in the past three years, East Carolina has overcome a 10-point deficit to win, most recently overcoming a 15-point barrier at UNCG (31-16). It was the fourth time under coach Lebo that the Pirates have trailed by double figures at halftime and rallied to win. Since January of last season, East Carolina has rallied from 15 points or more down to capture victory.Too Close For Comfort
  • ECU played its fifth one-point game of the Jeff Lebo era Nov. 12 against UNCG and were victorious for the fourth time. The Pirates have played 20 games decided by three points or less under Lebo, compiling a 13-7 record. Last year they were an impressive 7-1 in game decided by one possession.