East Carolina vs Rice

East Carolina 68, Rice 66


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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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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East CarolinaRice
Erin Straughn
Arsalan Kazemi
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
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
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339
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