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December 3, 2013

ECU Microwaves Broncos



GREENVILLE, N.C. - Akeem Richmond lit it up for a career high 37 points and a school record 10 treys as East Carolina(7-2) dismantled Fayetteville State 96-72 in Minges Coliseum Tuesday night.

The Microwave was slow to fully heat up in the first half with eleven points, but then turned it up in the second period for 26 points. Richmond was aided by 14 Caleb White points, 12 from Prince Williams and 11 from Paris Roberts-Campbell as the Pirate pick up their seventh win of the season.

"It felt really good, it was an incredible feeling. I'm really happy we got the win," said Richmond in the post game press conference, "I've been sick since the UNC-W game. I couldn't sleep after that game. I was really disappointed in myself. As a senior I admit as a man that I have to step up so that's what I tried to do tonight. It felt pretty good. I got 300 to 500 shots up before the game. My shot has been off the past two games but I shoot the ball with confidence and just keep shooting it."

Torain Showers scored 12 of his team high 18 points in the first half for Fayetteville State(4-4). Tyrell Tate tossed in 17 while Anthony Shelton had 11 points in the loss.

The Broncos jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead on two Showers buckets. Akeem Richmond knocked down two treys to give ECU their first lead of the evening at 6-5.

Fayetteville State controlled the first five minutes of the period before three Caleb White buckets and a drive from Antonio Robinson keyed a 13-5 run and pushed ECU to a 24-16 lead with eleven minutes to go in the half.

Two Showers baskets, a bucket from Tyrrel Tate, a Paul Lane drive and a Travis Marcus score on a backdoor cut the lead to two at 33-31. Then Brandon Stith, Richmond, Mike Zangari and Prince Williams scored as the Pirates took a ten point 45-35 lead into intermission.

Three Richmond treys and a two point jumper helped hold off the Broncos in the first four minutes of the second half.

Tim Haggie got it going with a three-point play, a drive and a midrange jumper as Fayetteville State closed to eight at the 9:10 mark.

But four more Richmond treys down the stretch was much of the difference as the Pirates pulled away in the last nine minutes.




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