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Toledo 73, East Carolina 62

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Kashif Payne had 18 points and Toledo
defeated East Carolina 73-62 Wednesday night despite failing to
make a basket for almost the last six minutes.

The Rockets (6-2) hit 15 of 22 free throws over the final 5:23.
Sammy Villegas, who scored 15 points, made Toledo's last field
goal, a jumper for a 58-49 lead with 5:56 to play.

Payne was 8-of-8 at the foul line for the game and Justin Ingram
was 6-of-6, all during the closing moments. Toledo went 23-of-32 at
the line in the second half after shooting 3-for-8 before halftime.

The Pirates (3-6) lost a 32-28 halftime lead by shooting 27.3
percent (6-for-22) in the second half.

Sam Hinnant led East Carolina with 16 points. Courtney Captain
scored 14, and Corey Rouse had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Florentino Valencia added 12 points for the Rockets.

Toledo used a 9-2 run midway through the second half for a
nine-point lead at 53-44, its biggest to that point.