Sampson and Kemp lead Pirates past Panthers

Thanks in part to double doubles by both Robert Sampson and Maurice Kemp, East Carolina was able to remain undefeated with a win at Georgia State Monday.

East Carolina never trailed in its first road contest and arguably played its most complete game this season en route to a 62-53 win. The Pirates are now 5-0 on the young season.

For the fifth time this season, senior forward Maurice Kemp led all ECU scorers with 16 points, and also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Junior forward Robert Sampson wasn't far behind Kemp with his 12 points and game-high 16 rebounds. Senior point guard Miguel Paul got into foul trouble and only was able to score 8 points. With Paul sitting, other players had to step up.

Senior guard Shamarr Bowden certainly did coming off the bench, finishing with 10 points. In the first half, Bowden hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Pirates a 24-14 lead.

At halftime, East Carolina led Georgia State 31-20 and the Pirates out-rebounded the Panthers 27-13.

Thanks in part to their dominance in the Paint, ECU had 11 second chance points, as opposed to GSU's 4.

In the second half, the Pirates salted away the game with a key 10-3 run that was highlighted by a Robert Sampson three-pointer.

The run extended ECU's lead to 54-39, its largest of the game. From that point on, the Pirates coasted to victory.

For Georgia State, Manny Atkins finished with 15 points. Devonte White had 13.

The Pirates will conclude their two-game road trip Saturday against UNC-Charlotte. Tip-off time is 7 p.m. on the Pirate IMG Sports Netwotrk.

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