Richmond pours in 37 for Pirate win
Former Southern Lee basketball star Akeem Richmond set a new Gore Arena record with 37 points and 10 three-pointers carrying East Carolina to a 79-71 win at Campbell Thursday night.
The 37-point performance is Richmond's career high. The 10 three-pointers, on 17 three-point shots, matched his own Pirate program record and the Conference USA record for three-pointers made in a single game. He claimed both records earlier this season.
In front of an attendance of 2,865, the Pirates (11-4) won for the first time in three tries at Gore Arena.
Reco McCarter scored a career-high 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting with five assists for the Fighting Camels (6-8).
Marvelle Harris came off the bench to add season highs of 16 points on 8-of-10 from the field and 12 rebounds. Darius Leonard contributed 12 points.
Michael Zangari added 13 points and Caleb White 12 for the Pirates, who connected on 13 of 24 three-point attempts total.
Richmond scored the game's first eight points, on two three-pointers followed by a steal and lay-up, and ECU built an 11-point lead, 26-15, less than 11 minutes into the contest.
Campbell used a 20-9 run to tied the game at 35 on a three-pointer from McCarter. The Camels led at the break, 39-37, as they dominated the offensive glass scoring 16 points off nine offensive rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Richmond, a 6-foot-1 senior, hit his first three triples in the second half as ECU regained the lead. He kept going to hit seven three-pointers and total 24 points in the second half.
Richmond's streak led a 13-4 Pirate run early in the half, giving ECU a 50-44 lead. The Pirates held the advantage for good from there.
A tip-in basket by Harris and two McCarter free throws brought Campbell within 70-68 with 4:14 to play.
Richmond made two free throws and Zangari scored underneath pushing the lead back out to six, 74-68, with 1:28 remaining.
ECU shot 65.0 percent from the field in the second half, while holding the Camels to 39.4 percent.
“(Down the stretch), those were shots we get all the time, we just didn’t make them at the right time tonight,” said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan.
Campbell finished with a 35-32 edge on the glass and held a 27-7 advantage in second-chance points. A season-low six turnovers allowed the Camels to offset 5-of-29 shooting beyond the three-point line and stay within striking distance.
Richmond is averaging 20.0 points per game while hitting on 39.4 percent (71 of 180) from three-point range and 85.1 percent (57 of 67) on free throws.
ECU begins its Conference USA campaign at home against Old Dominion on Jan. 11.
Campbell hosts Delaware St. at 7 p.m. Saturday and will host High Point at 7 p.m. Wednesday.