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East Carolina pulls off improbable comeback to beat UTSA

Michaela Roman

After trailing by as many as 18 in the first half, the East Carolina Pirates came back to defeat the UTSA Roadrunners 79-76 in the final game of day one at the Conference USA men’s basketball championship.

East Carolina senior guard Akeem Richmond set the Conference USA regular season record for three- point field goals made in a season with 150 three pointers made, in addition to a single game record of 11. Richmond was 11 for 19 from three and led the Pirates with 36 points.

“Obviously Akeem was special,” said East Carolina head coach Jeff Lebo. “We have been riding him with all the injuries we have had this year and he led us to another win tonight.”

In the second half the Pirates went on a 30-6 run. UTSA shot a bolstering 65.4 percent from the field in the first half. Then turned around with a dismal 30.8 percent in the second.

The Pirates outscored the Roadrunners by 12 points in the second half and held the Roadrunners to five points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The Roadrunners were led by senior guard Devon Agusi with 21 points. UTSA now ends their season with an 8-22 record. Agusi missed a three-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime at the buzzer.

The Pirates are now 17-15 and will face the No. 5 seed the UTEP Miners. Earlier this season the Miners defeated the Pirates 58-47 in Greenville, N.C.  The Pirates and Miners will face off tomorrow night at the Don Haskins center for a spot in the quarterfinals and a meeting against Southern Miss.

Javier Cortez may be reached at [email protected].

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Javier Cortez
Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter
Javier Cortez is a staff reporter for The Prospector. He is a senior multimedia journalism major, with a minor in English Rhetoric. Javier was born and raised in El Paso, TX and before coming to UTEP in the summer of 2012, he graduated from Irvin High School, where he was a four-year varsity tennis player, a member of student council and a class officer for his graduating class. He has also worked for the El Paso Diablos as a sports information intern on their media relations team. In his spare time, Javier loves to write columns for the perspectives section in the school newspaper—whether it is sports, pop culture, religion, and society he loves to write about it. To go along with writing, Javier loves reading anything about sports, religion, and non-fiction.
Michaela Roman
Michaela Roman, Editor-in-Chief
Michaela is a Senior Digital Media Production major at The University of Texas at El Paso. As the Editor-in-Chief, and former Photo Editor of The Prospector, she has learned to stay organized, manage a staff of writers and photographers, meet deadlines, cover events and network with others. She also has freelance experience and a personal photography business. Michaela aspires to work as an editor for a large media outlet and one day go to graduate school to teach photojournalism.
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