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GREENVILLE — East Carolina rolled past Division II Chowan for a 95-45 basketball win on Thursday night in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum as coach Jeff Lebo made extensive use of his bench and six Pirates scored in double figures.

Akeem Richmond led ECU (3-0) with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting behind the arc. Richmond did not attempt a two-point field goal or a free throw.

Richmond's three free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining lifted the Pirates to an 85-84 win at UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday night.

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Senior guard Petar Torlak knocks down a runner over Chowan forward
Warren Powers. Torlak finished with 11 points. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Freshman Caleb White had 13 points, making all five of his field goal tries, including a pair of threes.

Petar Torlak, Brandan Stith and Greg Alexander had 11 points each for ECU. Marshall Guilmette scored 10.

Stith had 15 rebounds in a team-high 26 minutes for a double-double.

Michael Zangari and Antonio Robinson each finished with nine rebounds. Prince Williams, Paris Roberts-Campbell and Robinson each collected five assists for the Pirates.

Phoenix Butler-Poole led Chowan (0-1) with 11 points.

The officiating crew included well-known referee Ted Valentine.

ECU outrebounded the smaller Hawks, 59-27. The Pirates had eight turnovers.

ECU made 17 of 35 from the floor in each half to finish 34 for 70 for 48.6 percent. The Pirates were 11 of 26 from long range for 42.3 percent.

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Freshman guard Greg Alexander looks for room in the second half.
The Hampton, VA, freshman scored 11 points. (W.A. Myatt photo.)

ECU built a 9-0 lead to open the game. The Pirates led 45-25 at the half and outscored the visitors 50-20 after the break.

"It was a good win," Lebo said. "I thought defensively we were pretty alert for most of the game, holding them to 26 percent (17 for 64).

"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. 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."

ECU plays Norfolk State at Duke at 9:30 p.m. on Monday in the first round of the NIT Tipoff Tournament. The winner of that game plays the winner of the preceding contest between the Blue Devils and UNC-Asheville on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The losers of Monday night's games will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

East Carolina 95, Chowan 45

Date: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Attendance: 4,437
Records: ECU 3-0; CU 0-1


Chowan 25 20 45
East Carolina 45 50 95

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