BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's basketball looks to get back on the winning track when it heads to in-state rival East Carolina for a 7 p.m. contest at Minges Coliseum on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers (1-2) are coming off back-to-back losses while the Pirates (3-0) rallied from a 14-point deficit to down UNCG on Friday and keep their perfect record intact.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES
• East Carolina enters Tuesday’s matchup with a perfect 3-0 mark this season after picking up a 76-73 win over UNCG on Friday.
• The Pirates overcame a 14-point deficit with 15:25 left to play and hung on for the victory.
• Miguel Paul led all scorers with 24 points in the victory while Maurice Kemp and Akeem Richmond each poured in 16 points.
• Paul, who sat out the first two games of the season, leads the Pirates in scoring average.
• Kemp ranks second on the team with 18.7 points per game while Richmond and Marshall Guilmette each average 10.7 points per game.
• As a squad, ECU is shooting47.3 percent (86-of-182) from the floor this season and averages 20.3 points per game more than its opponents.
• Appalachian State is 27-34 all-time against East Carolina, but has won three of the last five in the series.
• The Mountaineers are a sterling 18-9 at home against the Pirates, but have struggled to win in Greenville, where they are just 7-23 against ECU.
• Appalachian’s longest winning streak in the series came at the very beginning, when the Mountaineers won the first five meetings from 1933-48.
• In all, the Apps won eight of the first 10 meetings between the in-state rivals.
• East Carolina’s longest run of success against Appalachian came from 1955-58, when the Pirates won seven-straight and 12-of-13 contests against App State.
• Appalachian fell by a 67-47 score when the teams last met on Nov. 22, 2011 at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.
• Jamaal Trice scored a career-high 27 points in the contest, but the Mountaineers shot just 26.1 percent from the floor in the loss.
• East Carolina’s Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 18 points on the night.
• The Mountaineers travel to Virginia Tech for a 2 p.m. contest on Friday before returning home to face Duquesne on Nov. 28.
• Appalachian State then begins a season-high four-game road trip starting with a matchup at Missouri on Dec. 1.