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November 14, 2013

East Carolina Routs Chowan 95-45

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Akeem Richmond tossed in five three-pointers to lead six Pirates in double-figures as ECU had little difficulty in dispatching Chowan 95-45 Thursday night in Minges Coliseum.

Richmond scored 12 of his 15 in the first half before the bench took over to the tune of 53 points as the Pirates picked up their third win of the season. It was their eighth straight home win and eighth straight win overall dating back to last season and 19th in a row against non D-1 opponents.

"It was a good win, I thought defensively we were pretty alert for most of the game, holding them to 26 percent. We knew they would come in and be able to shoot the ball in five spots, and that's pretty hard to defend. I didn't go to the small lineup until the second half because I wanted to see the big guys try to defend it a little bit. But I thought our best lineup in this game was when we went little," said ECU head coach Jeff Lebo, "We had nice balance again tonight. We missed a lot of easy shots, and when we showed up against Greensboro we missed a lot of easy ones. We've got to learn to be able to finish on balance with some contact. That's something we need to do because it will be harder to finish in our next couple of games."

Lebo got solid production from his bench in Thursday night's win over Chowan.

"We have Akeem [Richmond] that can score from the perimeter, but we need the other guys to step up and be able to score it from different areas. The toughest teams, for me, to prepare for are the ones that have balance. Hopefully we'll continue to have that throughout the year."

ECU pulled out to a fast 16-2 lead on a Richmond three-point basket. Another Richmond trey put ECU up 29-19 before Chowan's Phoenix Butler-Poole scored on a pair of trips down the court to trim the lead to nine at 34-25. Six quick Pirate
points found them up by twenty at intermission.

Two Kyree Bethel treys cut the lead to fourteen before ECU put together a 39-10 run, outscoring the Braves 50-20 in the second half.

The Pirates had played unselfishly, dishing out 22 assists against just eight turnovers and hitting 48.6 percent from the floor including 11 of 26 from the arc. ECU outrebounded the smaller Braves 59 to 27.

Chowan only connected on 26.6 percent of their shots and just 7 of 30 from three point land. ECU got 38 points in the paint including 22 second chance points and 17 points off of Brave turnovers in the victory.

Freshmen Caleb White, Brandon Stith and Greg
Alexander scored eleven each while Paris Roberts-Campbell had 13 and Marshall Guilmette score 10 points in just twelve minutes of play. Stith pulled down 15 rebounds for the Pirates.

Phoenix Butler-Poole led all Chowan scorers with 11 points while Tiron Brown added 9 points in a losing cause for the Braves who fall to 0-1 with the loss.

The Pirates next travel to Durham for the in season NIT tournament where ECU will take on Norfolk State in the first game next Monday night. The winner will take on the winner of the Duke - UNC-Asheville game
next Tuesday night.

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