DALLAS -- Akeem Richmond came off the bench to score a career-high 29 points, leading East Carolina to a 72-69 victory over SMU on Saturday.
Since scoring 0 and 6 points in a pair of games earlier this month, Richmond has averaged 21.5 points in his last four games, which have resulted in three wins and an overtime loss for the Pirates (16-10, 7-6 Conference USA).
The Mustangs pulled within 70-69 when Russell scored on a dunk with 13 seconds left, Manual made a steal and Russell scored again on a 3-pointer.
Maurice Kemp hit two free throws with 8 seconds left for East Carolina before SMU missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.