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East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo celebrates with his team after they defeated Weber State  in the CIT championship college basketball game Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Ogden, Utah. East Carolina won 77-74. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)
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East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo celebrates with his team after they defeated Weber State in the CIT championship college basketball game Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Ogden, Utah. East Carolina won 77-74. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)

Pirates take CIT title

“No one’s really been close to them in here. To do it the way we did it was just phenomenal.”


Jeff Lebo
ECU basketball coach

By Tony Castleberry

The Daily Reflector

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OGDEN, Utah — What better way to end the best East Carolina men’s basketball season ever than with a buzzer-beater to win the school’s first-ever postseason championship?

Akeem Richmond nailed a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer to lead the Pirates to a 77-74 win over Weber State in the title game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Tuesday in the Dee Events Center. The win pushed ECU’s record to 23-12, equaling the school record for single-season victories and adding to the most the Pirates have won as a Division I club.


It was only the second shot Richmond made all game, but he will have a hard time hitting a more important one in his career. Like he has done so many times in his stellar two-year Pirate career, ECU senior point guard Miguel Paul, who led all players with 23 points and six assists, penetrated into the lane, drew defenders to him and fired a two-hand overhead pass to a waiting Richmond, who hit nothing but net from right in front of the ECU bench.

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Go Pirates! Great job and season guys. Congrats.

Congratulations to each player and each coach for your win and for your great season. Your hard work continues to pay off for you and for ECU. Go Pirates!

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