East Carolina 60

(5-9, 0-2 C-USA)

Charlotte 72

(10-2, 1-0 C-USA)

    7:00 PM ET, January 8, 2005

    Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    ECU 26 3460
    CHAR 39 3372

    Top Performers

    East Carolina: M. Cook 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Charlotte: E. Basden 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    Charlotte 72, East Carolina 60

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- After Charlotte built a solid lead, Eddie Basden was determined not to see it disappear.

    The 49ers built a 19-point lead early in the second half, only to see East Carolina whittle it down to eight with 4:26 left. The 49ers' Chris Nance was assessed a technical and ejected with 3:12 remaining for pushing Corey Rouse in the face while both struggled for a loose ball under the Pirates' basket.

    Cook hit one of two free throws to cut the Pirates' deficit to seven.

    Basden gathered his teammates under Charlotte's basket.

    "I told them we needed to regain our composure. They had made their run and now it was time for us get a run back, and as you see, we made that happen," Basden said.

    The 49ers went on to outscore the Pirates 10-5 to close the game, including going five-of-six from the free-throw line in a 72-60 victory Saturday in their Conference USA opener.

    Basden scored 18 points and had eight rebounds.

    The win was the seventh consecutive one for the 49ers (10-2, 1-0), making a streak that was Charlotte's best since winning seven straight in the 2001-2002 season.

    Curtis Withers had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mitchell Baldwin added 12 points for the 49ers.

    Mike Cook led the Pirates with 22 points in his team's second loss in a row.

    The Pirates (5-9, 0-2) had an 18-12 lead with 11:54 remaining in the first half, then Charlotte scored six straight to tie the game and built a 39-26 halftime lead.

    "We had chances to put them away, and we didn't and they kept fighting," said Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz. "Fortunately we rallied back and made some big plays."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 72
    FG Made-Attempted 27-59 (.458) 26-64 (.406)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-14 (.143) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-9 (.444) 15-23 (.652)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 18

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