ECU faces Weber State for CIT title
The madness of March is translating to more than one postseason tournament. It’s April and East Carolina is still playing basketball.
The Pirates (23-12), who had never won a postseason game in four appearances before the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament began, knocked off Evansville Saturday in the semifinals, setting up a championship match at Weber State (30-6) Tuesday (CBS College Sports, 8 p.m.).
Weber State is located in Ogden, Utah near the Wasatch Mountains.
The Wildcats, who finished second to Montana in the Big Sky Conference regular season standings, have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances. Weber State posted upsets of Michigan State and North Carolina in the 1995 and 1999 tourneys, respectively.
Weber State is led this season by 6-foot-4 junior forward Davion Berry, averaging 15.2 points per contest.
ECU’s Maurice Kemp scored 20 points for the eighth consecutive game in Saturday’s 81-58 win. He finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds along with a couple of spectacular throw-downs.
Robert Sampson and Miguel Paul also had double-doubles for the Pirates. Sampson had 13 points and 11 boards and Paul, the point guard, had 19 points and 11 assists.
Evansville’s Colt Ryan, who ranked 13th in the nation in scoring with 20.4 points per game, was held to 12 points.
A Minges Coliseum crowd of 5,625 watched the Pirates beat an Evansville team that twice defeated Final Four participant Wichita State.