Pirates rout Generals in season opener

Pirates rout Generals in season opener

The Pirates depth was on full display at Minges Coliseum and impressed in a resounding 72-50 win to open their 2012-2013 campaign.

The stars of tonight's opener against Washington and Lee were a couple of the players responsible for filling the void left by center Darrius Morrow, freshman Marshall Guilmette and senior Maurice Kemp.

Kemp, led all scorers with 19 points while Guilmette finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in his collegiate debut.

"Marshall Guilmette is going to be a good player for us," said head coach Jeff Lebo. "He is skilled, he can pass, and has some size."

Going into the game, the Pirates were very excited about their depth and talent coming off the bench. On Saturday night, they had to utilize that depth as a result of having multiple players go down with injuries.

First, it was Michael Zangari, who went down in the first half grabbing his right ankle and not returning to the game. Lebo said they would learn more about the injury on Sunday.

In the second half, Peter Torlak was flagged up high, was cut around his eye, and given stiches. Lebo said he expected Torlak to return promptly.

Kemp, Corvonn Gaines, and Robert Sampson all left the game at some point with an injury as well, but according to Lebo, a lot of those were merely cramps and not serious.

With the decision to suspend Miguel Paul two games due to violation of team rules, Akeem Richmond had to spend most of his Pirates debut playing point guard. Richmond did not disappoint, finishing with 10 points and shooting 3-4 on three-pointers.

Richmond admitted he had butterflies before the game, but overall, was satisfied with his performance.

"I just tried not to do too much, get my teammates involved, and execute the offense," said Richmond.

After trading baskets in The opening minutes of the game, ECU went on a 14-0 run midway through the first half that really put the Pirates in the driver seat.

After that, the Pirates never let the Generals back into the game, leading by double-digits for the remainder of the contest.

ECU will continue its four game homestand Tuesday night against Methodist at 7 p.m.

Erin Straughn did not play against Washington and Lee and his status is uncertain for Tueday's game.

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