East Carolina vs Rice

East Carolina 68, Rice 66

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Darrius Morrow scored 16 points and Erin Straughn had 13 points and 11 rebounds as East Carolina defeated Rice 68-66 Wednesday in the opening game of the Conference USA tournament.

Maurice Kemp, who had 10 points, put the 10th-seeded Pirates (15-15) ahead 66-64 on a layup with 57 seconds left - the game's 13th lead change.

Miguel Paul's two free throws widened the margin to 68-64, but the seventh-seeded Owls (17-15) cut it to 68-66 on Arsalan Kazemi's dunk at the 19-second mark.

Paul missed a free throw for East Carolina, but Lucas Kuipers couldn't hit a tying jumper for Rice with 4 seconds remaining.

Paris Campbell added 12 points for East Carolina, making 4 of 9 3-pointers. The Pirates will play second-seeded Southern Mississippi in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Kuipers and Kazemi scored 10 points each for Rice. Kazemi had 12 rebounds, giving the junior his 44th career double-double.

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Scoreboard
East Carolina (15-15) «323668
Rice (17-15)333366
ECA:D. Morrow 16 Pts
ECA:E. Straughn 11 Reb
ECA:D. Morrow 5 Ast
RICE:L. Kuipers 10 Pts
RICE:A. Kazemi 12 Reb
RICE:D. Ennis 11 Ast
 

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
East CarolinaRice
ECA
Erin Straughn
RICE
Arsalan Kazemi
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1311110122
East Carolina Pirates
D. Morrow, F366-124-435216
M. Paul, G352-102-31427
E. Straughn, G-F355-90-0111213
C. Gaines, G232-30-01125
R. Sampson, F142-60-04035
M. Kemp, F295-100-284310
P. Roberts-Campbell, G264-90-020112
D. Morales, F20-20-02000
A. Steed, FDid Not Play
S. Bowden, GDid Not Play
A. Richmond, GDid Not Play
P. Torlak, GDid Not Play
Y. Kolo, FDid Not Play
F. Edosomwan, GDid Not Play
Totals 26-616-932151568
 42.6%66.7% 
Rice Owls
A. Kazemi, F345-90-1122210
D. Ennis, G322-30-011114
T. Jackson, G303-72-52428
O. Oraby, C234-61-13139
J. Reischel, F163-50-01006
L. Kuipers, F213-102-260110
J. DeBose, G203-51-21008
C. Frizzelle, G174-60-03109
A. Ibrahim, F50-20-00000
D. Chadwick, F21-10-00012
E. Herndon, FDid Not Play
N. Schwarze, GDid Not Play
S. Gearhart, FDid Not Play
D. Peera, GDid Not Play
Totals 28-546-1129191066
 51.9%54.5% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
So. Miss13-329-7
La. Tech13-329-8
Middle Tenn.13-324-9
Tulsa13-321-13
UTEP12-423-11
Old Dominion9-718-18
Tulane8-817-17
UAB7-918-13
Charlotte7-917-14
FIU7-915-16
North Texas6-1016-16
E. Carolina5-1117-17
FAU5-1110-22
Marshall4-1211-22
UT-San Antonio4-128-22
Rice2-147-23
 
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