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November 8, 2013

Opening Night Victory

Jeff Lebo and the Pirates take home an opening night victory in basketball as they open the 2013-14 season in style in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Catch our game story, PI-TV video of the introduction of new ECU Hall of Fame members Coach Steve Logan, former Pirate and current NFL quarterback David Garrard, legendary ECU linebacker Harold Randolph and others. It was a night to remember. Catch the very latest here on PirateIllustrated.com.



GREENVILLE, N.C. - Paris Roberts-Campbell led four players in double-figures as
ECU opened the 2013-14 basketball campaign with a 97-51 win over North Carolina Wesleyan.

Roberts-Campbell tossed in a game high 21 points, 17 of which came in the first half. Akeem Richmond tossed in 15, newcomer Caleb White had 13 and freshman Brandon Stith scored 12 points to go along with 10 boards in his first outing as a Pirate.

This new group of ECU Pirates played well together, showing good chemeistry. They also played very unselfishly. But most of all they played very hard on this particular evening to open the season. They will have to grow up in a hurry and if Friday night was any indicator, they are well on their way.

"It was a nice start to the season, it's always nice to win your first game but also get a chance to play as many players as we did tonight. Lots of new faces. You needed your roster tonight and I did too," said ECU head coach Jeff Lebo, "A lot of guys who haven't played really for us in the past. You never know as a coach how they're going to repond when they put on a uniform and turn on the lights and put people in there to watch them. We did some good things, some things we have to do much better but you saw some of the talent of the freshman like Brandon Stith and Antonio Robinson was outstanding. and Greg Alexander is going to be a great player for us."

Lebo seemed pleased overall with the performance of his team and says the new kids will have to learn under fire because they're going to be in there playing quite a bit. But the bulk of the scoring could come from the backcourt.

"We'll rely on Paris and Akeem to be aggressive offensively for us. It was a hard game for the big guys because of how NC Wesleyan plays. They play a lot of perimeter guys, smaller guys faster guys so that's not what they're used to. Marshall did some nice things for us. We shared the ball well, passed the ball pretty well. We did some good things. Some positive things and some things we need to work for. Akeem got it going a little in the second half. I told the new players about my first shot in college. It was four feet to the right and three feet short. I was so nervous. They didn't do that tonight, thank God."

East Carolina(1-0) fell behind 9-3 early before pulling even after seven minutes on a Roberts-Campbell trey and two free throws on the subsequent possession to take the lead. ECU went on a 31-3 run in the first half, taking a 42-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Pirates didn't let up in the second half even though nearly everyone played who wore a uniform. ECU shot at a 56.7 clip for the game and 41.7 percent from the arc, hitting 10-24. If there was one low spot it was from the charity stripe where ECU connected on only 11 of 22.

North Carolina Wesleyan(0-1) was limited to 31 percent shooting, hitting just 18 of 57 from the floor while actually shooting better from the arc at 43 percent(6-14).

Josh Morrison left Wesleyan in scoring with 12 points and 7 rebounds followed by Devon Weaver who knocked down a pair of threes and ended up with 10 points. Prince Williams dished out five assists.

The Pirates dominated the glass 50-31 and dished out 26 assists in the game against just nine turnovers. ECU forced 16 turnovers from the Battling Bishops.




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