East Carolina (4-0) at Georgia State (3-2)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 26, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: GSU Sports Arena (3,455) -- Atlanta, Georgia.
Television: None. Home Record: ECU 4-0, Georgia St. 3-0. Away Record: ECU 0-0,
Georgia St. 0-2. Neutral Record: ECU 0-0, Georgia St. 0-0. Conference Record:
ECU 0-0, Georgia St. 0-0. Series Record: East Carolina leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The East Carolina Pirates hit the road for the first time this
season, as they take on the Georgia State Panthers at the GSU Sports Arena on
Jeff Lebo's Pirates have yet to taste defeat in the early stages of this new
campaign. East Carolina opened up with a four-game homestand and defeated
Washington & Lee, Methodist, UNC Greensboro and most recently, Appalachian
Ron Hunter's Panthers began the year with back-to-back road losses at Duke and
BYU, but have bounced back on their current five-game homestand, winning the
first three games, with victories over Monmouth, Tennessee State and finally
South Alabama (75-73).
East Carolina won the only other meeting between these two programs, that was
an 88-79 decision back in 1974.
It was another impressive victory for East Carolina in the 10-point win over
the Mountaineers last time out. Maurice Kemp posted a team-high 21 points and
finished off a double-double with 11 rebounds. Robert Sampson was equally
dominant, finishing with 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while Miguel
Paul added 14 points for the Pirates, who doled out 15 assists overall and
recorded 10 steals in the game.
The Pirates have shown themselves to be a strong offensive team in the early
going. ECU is averaging a healthy 79.2 ppg, enjoying a solid +17.8 scoring
margin. Kemp and Paul have been a dynamic duo in the scoring column, averaging
19.3 and 19.0 ppg, respectively. Both are shooting over 50 percent from the
floor, while Kemp is a key contributor on the boards as well (8.5 rpg). Depth
comes in the form of Akeem Richmond (9.5 ppg), Sampson (9.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg) and
Marshall Guilmette (9.0 ppg).
Manny Atkins and R.J. Hunter combined for 51 points against South Alabama, as
Georgia State won its third straight game at home as part of the Coaches vs.
Cancer Classic subregional. Atkins led the team with 26 points, with five 3-
pointers, while Hunter poured in 25 points, with three treys. Cameron Solomon
provided solid minutes off the bench, tallying 10 points in 18 minutes of
The Panthers have a winning record despite a -4.0 scoring margin at this time.
Offensive proficiency has not be a strength for GSU thus far, as the team is
averaging a modest 62.6 ppg on just .427 shooting. Devonta White, who had just
nine points in the win over South Alabama, still leads the team in scoring at
15.4 ppg. Hunter is next in line at 14.4 ppg, followed by Atkins' 11.6 ppg.
The scoring pool dries up after that, as no other Panther is putting up more
than 6.6 ppg (Solomon).
The Panthers have been a different team in their own building, but Kemp and
Paul have been almost unstoppable this season. They should continue to lead
the way for ECU, which in turn, will prove it can win on the road, as well as
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: East Carolina 71, Georgia State 66
11/26 10:31:09 ET
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