FACTS & STATS: Site: Cam Henderson Center (9,048) -- Huntington, West
Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: ECU 10-1, MU 7-2. Away Record: ECU
1-4, MU 0-5. Neutral Record: ECU 0-0, MU 1-2. Conference Record: ECU 2-1, MU
1-1. Series Record: Marshall leads, 12-6.
GAME NOTES: The East Carolina Pirates seek their third win in a row when they
take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in a Conference USA bout at the Cam
This will be the 19th meeting between these schools on the hardwood. Marshall
owns a 12-6 all-time series lead, but the Pirates survived last season's
overtime thriller with a one-point win.
The Pirates were defeated, 67-54, by Memphis at FedExForum in their league
opener, but they bounced back with an 88-85 overtime win over UCF and made it
two in a row with an 89-78 victory versus Houston on Wednesday. Coach Jeff
Lebo's squad has been a problem for the opposition on its way to a C-USA
leading 78.8 ppg. Defensively, ECU has not been very impressive at all,
allowing 69.6 ppg.
Maurice Kemp poured in 30 points for ECU in its victory over the Cougars. He
went 13-of-20 from the floor and added nine rebounds to help the Pirates to
their third win in four outings. Miguel Paul added 16 points, eight assists,
and two steals while Akeem Richmond contributed 14 points off the bench. Ty
Armstrong scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Kemp has
made himself an early candidate for C-USA Player of the Year by producing a
league-leading 18.6 ppg to go along with a tied for sixth best 8.4 rpg.
Sampson is an even more impressive rebounder with 8.8 per contest while Paul
is second in the conference with 5.7 assists a game.
Tom Herrion's Thundering Herd is one of the few teams in the conference ahead
of ECU in rebounding with 40.6 per contest, thanks in large part to their twin
towers Dennis Tinnon (10.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Nigel Spikes (6.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg,
1.1 bpg). However, Marshall was not able to win the rebounding battle in its
74-63 setback at Texas-El Paso last Saturday. The loss dropped the Herd one
game below .500 and to an even 1-1 conference record.
In Marshall's loss to the Miners, Tinnon paced the squad with 19 points on an
efficient 6-of-7 field goal shooting, while DeAndre Kane and Elijah Pittman
each scored 11 points. D.D. Scarver went for 10 points but shot just 2-of-9
from the floor. Pittman is averaging a team-high 14.5 ppg, while Kane nets
14.1 ppg and the dishes out a C-USA-best 7.6 assists per tilt in his first
season running the point. The 6-foot-4 junior guard has posted only 11 points
and 4.7 assists per contest in three outings since returning from an injury to
his shooting hand that kept him out four games.
The Pirates are firing on all cylinders right now, but they may run into
trouble against this underachieving Marshall unit. The Thundering Herd were
expected to be second to only Memphis in the C-USA this season. Kane showed he
can be the catalyst during last year's conference tournament. Marshall is
going to playing with a sense of urgency due to its desperation for a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marshall 77, East Carolina 72
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