Pirates bounce back and rout Knights

East Carolina gets back into the win column 111-59 against Saint Andrews in a game that all but one player on the roster scored for the Pirates.

It was not a surprise to see the Pirates get back into the win column on their home floor Tuesday, given the team they were facing had not won a game this season.

But it was the manner in which they beat Saint Andrews, breaking the school record for three-pointers in a game (18), that left the 4,021 in the stands at Minges Coliseum impressed after a 111-59 decision.

"It was nice to see the three-ball go down," said head coach Jeff Lebo. "Everything went down tonight."

Tuesday night's game served as career win No. 250 for Lebo. Shooting guards Shamarr Bowden and Akeem Richmond each had five three-pointers and 15 points apiece to lead ECU scorers.

Every player on East Carolina's roster earned minutes, with freshman Peyton Robbins being the only Pirate that was left scoreless.

When the final buzzer sounded, the ECU bench had accounted for 70 points.

"The kids that haven't gotten a chance to play, but work hard at practice, want to do well and earn some time," said Lebo. "To have them get a chance to go out and play significant minutes was nice."

The Pirates took control of the game in the first half with a 14-0 run, which included four consecutive three-pointers made, that pushed the ECU lead up to 26-8.

The score at halftime was 64-30 with the Pirates already having more made three-pointers (13) than they had in any other full-game this season and twice as many than they had in Charlotte.

ECU's 64 points is the highest first half scoring output in school history.

Late in the game, Richmond drilled a left wing three-pointer to propel the Pirates past the century mark and set the school record for most three-pointers in school history.

The lone silver lining for the Knights was junior guard Clavontae Brown, who had a game-high 18 points and 7 rebounds.

East Carolina(6-1)will have a 10 day break for exams, leading up to its Dec. 15 match-up with No. 20 ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

"I hope we didn't use all of our bullets," said Lebo, a North Carolina alum. "It will be a fun game. Let's see what happens."


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