Kemp, Armstrong shoot down
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Senior forward Maurice
Kemp and junior forward Ty Armstrong fried Rice with a combined 55
points Saturday night, propelling East Carolina to a 79-63 Conference
USA victory in Houston.
Kemp had a career-high 33
points on 10-of-15 from the floor and 13-of-16 from the free throw line
to boost his league-leading scoring average to 17.9. The Miami, FL,
product added 9 rebounds and 6 steals as the Pirates ended a two-game
losing skid and improved to 13-8 overall, 4-4 in the league.
Armstrong, a transfer from
Auburn, also had a career night, scoring 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting
in just 21 minutes of playing time. Saddled with four fouls, Armstrong
saw just eight minutes of second half action.
Each team probed with
little success for an advantage in the first half. There were five ties
and five lead changes before ECU eked out a 29-26 edge going into
Senior guard Tamir Jackson
pulled Rice with one on a layup 30 seconds into the final frame. That
was the Owls' last hurrah before Armstrong and Kemp shifted into high
Over the next four
minutes, the pair sandwiched a flurry of offensive output around a three
by senior guard Miguel Paul to boost the lead to 14. Armstrong had three
baskets and Kemp connected on two during the outburst, which included a
conventional three-point play by each of them.
After the 15-2 run, the
Pirates never looked back.
Jackson scored 19 points
and Austin Ramljak added 12 for the Owls, who fell to 5-16, 1-6.
ECU shot 57.4 percent for
the game, including a blistering 71.4 percent in the second half. The
Pirates outrebounded Rice 35-29 and outscored the Owls in the paint
The Pirates have a week to
prepare for their next outing, a challenging road matchup with Central
Florida. ECU knocked off the Golden Knights in
an 88-85 overtime thriller in
Greenville on Jan. 12.
UCF (15-6, 5-2) had a
four-game winning streak halted Saturday in a 75-71 loss at Marshall.
Before welcoming the Pirates to Orlando, the Knights will host league
co-leader Southern Miss Wednesday night.
East Carolina 79, Rice 63
Feb. 2, 2013
Facility: Tudor Fieldhouse
Records: ECU 13-8, 4-4; RU 5-16, 1-6
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