Scores

Final

East Carolina 68

(15-15, 5-11 C-USA)

Rice 66

(17-15, 8-8 C-USA)

1:00 PM ET, March 7, 2012

FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

1 2 T
ECU 32 3668
RICE 33 3366

Top Performers

East Carolina: E. Straughn 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

Rice: A. Kazemi 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

East Carolina 68, Rice 66

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
RICE
Points 68 66
FG Made-Attempted 26-61 (.426) 28-54 (.519)
3P Made-Attempted 10-24 (.417) 4-9 (.444)
FT Made-Attempted 6-9 (.667) 6-11 (.545)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
Largest Lead 4 9

2011-12 Season

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