East Carolina Rolls Past North Carolina A&T, 84-71

From wire and staff reports

East Carolina Pirates 44 40 84
North Carolina A&T 27 44 71

Box Score |  Quotes |  Notes Greenville, N.C. • Attendance: 4,438

GREENVILLE, NC December 14, 2013Akeem Richmond and Paris Roberts-Campbell each scored 21 points to power East Carolina to an 84-71 win over North Carolina A&T Saturday night.

Paris Roberts-Campbell #22

Paris Roberts-Campbell #22

Richmond shot 6-of-12 overall, 4-of-8 from 3-point range and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Roberts-Campbell was 5-of-10 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 8-of-11 from the foul stripe in matching his career-high, while polishing off a solid stat line with five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Prince Williams added 12 points, five boards and five assists, while Brandan Stith pulled down 10 rebounds of his own.

East Carolina (9-2) built an early six-point lead prior to the first media timeout at the 15:42 mark, before doubling that advantage to a dozen with the score 26-14 at the second media stoppage and 11:20 remaining in the first half.

A Michael Zangari layup with 4:08 left in the period ignited an 8-0 run by the Pirates, which was capped by a fast break layup by Richmond at the 2:58 point to give ECU a 40-23 lead. After surrendering a basket to the Aggies, the Pirates’ largest lead of the half was generated on its next basket – a 3-pointer by Roberts-Campbell with 1:20 to go. East Carolina held on to take a 44-27 advantage into the locker rooms at halftime.

Richmond had 15 points and Zangari added 10 more in the first half. The Pirates shot 52 percent from the field in the period, while holding the Aggies to 8-of-24 (.333) from the floor and forcing their opponent into 12 turnovers.

The second half saw East Carolina build its largest advantage of the night at 28 with an 11-2 run that began with a Roberts-Campbell free throw at the 12:22 mark and ended with a layup off the same hand with 9:36 remaining to give ECU a 71-43 lead.

North Carolina A&T (3-7), the defending MEAC champions, got a 20-point effort from Richaud Pack, a transfer from Florida International who entered the game averaging 17.6 points per game. Returning starters Bruce Beckford and Lamont Middleton added 17 and 16 points, respectively.

ECU finished the night 50 percent from the floor on 24-of-48 shooting, 9-of-21 (.429) from 3-point range and 27-of-37 (.730) from the free throw line. The Aggies shot 23-of-58 (.397) overall, 6-of-16 (.375) from behind the arc and 19-of-26 (.731) from the foul line.

The Pirates will close its five-game homestand Thursday, Dec. 19 when its hosts VMI. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.