Akeem Richmond drains 10 threes, sets ECU record
Former Southern Lee star Akeem Richmond broke his own school record with 10 three-pointers in a game as East Carolina rolled to a 96-78 win over visiting Fayetteville State Tuesday night.
Richmond totaled 37 points while hitting 10 of 17 three-pointers along with one two-point basket and going 5 of 5 at the free-throw line. It was the senior's first 30-point game and improved his old ECU record of nine three-pointers in a game.
His 37 points was the best single-game scoring performance by a Pirate since Blue Edwards scored 38 points against Maryland-Baltimore County in December 1988.
"It felt pretty good. It's an incredible feeling," Richmond said.
"I'm really happy we got the win. I've been sick since after the UNCW game. I really haven't been able to sleep, and I was really disappointed in myself. I feel like, as a senior, that I really had to step up and that's what I tried to do tonight," he said.
The Pirates fell behind early as Fayetteville St. opened the game with a 5-0 run. ECU tied the game at 16 at the 14:36 mark.
Richmond scored 11 points in the first half and the Pirates led 45-35 at halftime.
The Pirates' first 12 points of the second half came off Richmond's hand, starting with a pair of three-pointers in first 70 seconds of play. The Sanford native followed up with a four-point play after being fouled on a three-pointer to give the Pirates a 55-43 lead. He made a layup on the next possession to complete his scoring surge.
The Broncos crept back within eight points, 70-62, with 9:24 left, but that was as close as they would come to catching the Pirates.
Richmond continued to knock down shots and drained his eighth three at the 7:03 mark for his 300th career three-pointer.
His 10th three-pointer came with 1:10 left on the clock. The 10 threes put Richmond in a four-way tie for the most in a single game by a Conference USA player, and the first to do it since Memphis' Roburt Sallie accomplished the feat in 2009.
"Obviously Akeem was unbelievable," said ECU head coach Jeff Lebo. "He put on a show shooting the ball from three that I haven't seen in a long time. We could have use one more of those on Sunday. That's what he can do when he gets on fire."
Three other Pirates reached double-figure scoring, as Caleb White added 14, Prince Williams chipped in 12 and Paris Roberts-Campbell contributed 11.
Torian Showers led the way for Fayetteville St. with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
The Pirates return to the court at 2 p.m. Sunday hosting Mount Olive.