EL PASO, Texas -- Darrius Morrow's double-double propelled East Carolina to a 75-60 victory over UCF in the first round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday.
Morrow had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-14), who will face top-seeded UAB (22-7) in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Jamar Abrams hit four 3-pointers among his 15 points, and Robert Sampson went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in scoring 12 for East Carolina, which went 10 of 17 from long range. Brock Young added nine points, seven assists and five steals.
UCF went on a 16-2 run late in the first half and led 39-34 at intermission.
But East Carolina had closed within 43-41 when Morrow scored six straight points. That made it 47-43 with 13:03 left and put the Pirates ahead to stay.