East Carolina 81, UNC-Greensboro 53

Darrius Morrow scored 21 points and East Carolina shot 26 of 48

from the floor (54.2 percent) en route to an 81-53 blowout victory

over North Carolina-Greensboro on Saturday.

The Pirates (5-2) jumped out to a 37-24 lead at halftime and

increased their advantage in the second half thanks to 15-of-24

shooting (62.5 percent) and a 22-6 scoring edge in the paint.

The Spartans (0-4) pulled within 56-45 with 11:33 remaining, but

a 17-4 run extended East Carolina’s lead to 73-49 with 4:25 left to

play.

East Carolina outrebounded the Spartans 41-25 and shot 8 for 16

from 3-point range (50 percent). Corvonn Gaines led the Pirates

with seven assists as East Carolina registered 21 assists on 26

field goals.

Jontae Sherrod came off the bench for the Pirates to score 17

points and grab six rebounds.

Korey Van Dussen led the way for UNC-Greensboro with 13

points.