On Campus 2/19/13

Richmond sets new ECU record
Feb. 18, 2013 @ 05:39 PM

Akeem Richmond (SLHS) did what he does best — hit three pointers, and by the end of the night, he had set a new East Carolina record with eight made three pointers as well as set a new personal season high while pacing the Pirates' scoring with 25 points. Unfortunately, Southern Miss slipped by with an 86-82 overtime win.

After the game, ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo said, "I'm proud of my team. We scored points on them. You score 15 threes to one and you lose. You don't see that too often."

Earlier in the week, Richmond came off the bench to finish as ECU’s second-leading scorer with 15 points in the Pirates' 74-61 victory over Alabama-Birmingham. So far this season, Richmond has scored double digits in 13 contests and leads ECU in all three-point shooting categories while being listed as the fourth leading scorer on the team.

The Pirates will be on the road this week, traveling to Tulsa on Wednesday and SMU on Saturda.


Aaron Mellette (SLHS) will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday to participate in the NFL combine for wide receivers being held at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

The NFL Network will provide live coverage. During his four days in Indianapolis, Mellette will complete a medical examination, psychological testing, orientation, official measurements, a player interview and attend a player’s association meeting. He will also be tested on the bench press, go through on-field testing in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three cone drill and shuttle run.

Other in-state college players receiving an NFL combine invitation include NC State’s Mike Glennon-QB, Earl Wolff-DB, Zach Allen-OL and David Amerson-DB; University of North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard-RB, Travis Bond-OL, Jonathan Cooper-OL, Brennan Williams-OL, Sylvester Williams-DL and Kevin Reddick-LB; Wake Forest’s Tommy Bohanon-FB; Duke’s Sean Renfree-QB and Conner Vernon-WR, and Appalachian State’s Demetrius McCray-DB.


Three-time All-American and defending national champion Mike Williams (SLHS) will travel this weekend to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania to compete in the NCAA Super Region I Tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday with wrestling to begin at 9 a.m. on both days. The fifth-ranked Braves have a region best three No. 1-ranked wrestlers with Williams at 174, freshman Blaze Shade at 165 and Daniel Ownbey at 141. Pitt-Johnstown comes into the super-regionals as the No 1-ranked team with Newberry, Mercyhurst and Kutztown rounding out the top five.


Ace Chalmers (SLHS) and Davidson CC (21-7, 3-5) split games last week, defeating Sandhills CC 112-104, then falling in a close game to Central Carolina CC 88-86, before bouncing back to drop Guilford Tech CC 97-81. Chalmers had a season-best game against Sandhills, where he led the Storm in scoring, steals and assists. He finished with 26 points, going an impressive 10-12 from the field including 2-2 from behind the arc, while adding five assists, four rebounds and four steals. Davidson will be off this week as it has one remaining regular season game before entering in the Region X Tournament.

Julian Martin (SLHS) and N.C. Wesleyan (15-9, 6-7) wrapped up their regular season with a loss to Christopher Newport, 93-67. Martin, playing in his final collegiate game, scored six points, while adding two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 15 minutes of play. Martin finishes the season as the Battling Bishops' third leading three-point shooter, going 12-25 from behind the arc and fifth leading scorer with 114 points, averaging 4.6 points a game. He is ranked fourth on the team in field goal percentage with .506 (39-77).

Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (20-6, 9-1) split games last week, falling to Louisburg College 91-68, but then bounced back to defeat Patrick Henry CC 68-56. The Eagles will be on the road this week, traveling to Pitt CC on Wednesday and Rockingham CC on Saturday.

Elijah Buie, Dwayne McEachin (Grace Christian) and Davis College (10-12, 3-1) saw their four-game win streak come to an end at the hands of Delhi College, as the Broncos slipped away with a 53-57 victory. The Falcons will play their final regular season game today against Berkley College. On Friday night, second-seeded Davis College will play top-seeded Mid-Atlantic Christian University for the Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference Tournament Championship.

Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion University (10-11, 5-9) split games last week, falling to North Georgia 101-90, but then picked up a homecoming win over Young Harris, 105-80. The Patriots will be on the road this week, traveling to Flagler on Wednesday and Augusta State on Saturday.

Russell Tatum (LCHS) and Peace College (4-12) wrapped up their 2012-2013 season last week with a victory over Mid-Atlantic Christian University, 74-59. Tatum was able to score five points and snag five rebounds in the Blazers' win.

Women’s Basketball

Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (10-12, 4-9) split games last week, falling to Young Harris 57-49, but then rebounded to defeat North Georgia 66-62. The Lady Braves will travel Wednesday to face Armstrong Atlantic and then return Saturday to host Flagler.


Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (4-5, 2-4) defeated Bridgewater College 8-4, before playing a three-game series with Greensboro College. The Panthers won the first game 8-2, dropped game two 10-8 and then avenged the loss with a 17-2 blowout in game three. Against Bridgewater, Cox led the lineup going 1-4 from the plate and scoring two runs. He accounted for three outs defensively from his center field position. In the three-game series against Greensboro, Cox finished 2-12 with 3 RBI and two scored runs. Defensively, he recorded seven outs and one assist. Cox is currently second on the team in walks with six, and fifth for runs scored with six and hits with eight. The Panthers will play four games this week, hosting the University of Maine-Presque Isle on Thursday and Methodist University this weekend with a doubleheader on Friday and a 2 p.m. game Saturday.

Dillon Frye (LCHS) and N.C. State (0-1) lost their season opener to Appalachian State 6-3, and then saw the two remaining games of their series canceled due to inclement weather. The Pack will return to action this weekend as they host three different opponents, Villanova at 3 p.m. Friday, Wagner at noon Saturday and La Salle at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (0-2) got off to a slow start as the Pirates dropped both opening weekend games to the 25th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 14-4 and 13-9. Game three was canceled. ECU will host Campbell today, and then host the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic this weekend where the Pirates will face Illinois, New Mexico State and Boston College.

Russell Clark (LCHS) and Campbell (1-1) opened the season by splitting games with Eastern Michigan, winning the first 8-2 but then dropping game two, 10-6. Game three was canceled due to inclement weather. The Fighting Camels will travel to Greenville today to face East Carolina, and then host Hartford this weekend for a four-game series.

Garrett Verrelli (LCHS) and the UNC-Chapel Hill club baseball team (3-0) opened their season with a three-game sweep of South Carolina, 6-0, 8-4 and 5-3. The Tar Heels will host University of Virginia this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday and game three on Sunday.


Bkaye Smith (SLHS) and Virginia Tech (9-1) went a perfect 5-0 this weekend to win the Troy Subway Invitational in Troy, Ala. The Lady Hokies defeated North Florida 3-1 and Evansville 3-2 in Friday’s doubleheader. They kept their win streak alive through Saturday’s doubleheader by downing Troy 10-3 and Evansville 10-2. They wrapped up the clean sweep Sunday afternoon by downing North Florida for the second time, 5-3. Smith played the entire tournament at second base and recorded two outs and three assists defensively. From the plate, she finished 4-11, knocking in three RBI and scoring one run. Tech will travel to Radford on Wednesday and then participate in the Kennesaw State Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament this weekend where they will face Georgia State, Youngstown State, Akron, Troy and Campbell.