Scores

Final

TCU 87

(13-7, 3-3 C-USA)

Charlotte 94

(14-3, 5-1 C-USA)

    8:00 PM ET, January 26, 2005

    Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    TCU 34 5387
    CHAR 42 5294

    Top Performers

    TCU: M. Shropshire 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Charlotte: E. Basden 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Charlotte 94, TCU 87

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte 49ers rely on Eddie Basden for defense. His sudden scoring streak is an added bonus.

    Basden scored 22 points to lead Charlotte to a 94-87 victory over TCU on Wednesday night.

    "Eddie was Eddie," said Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz. "He is scoring with confidence. He is a senior and playing as we expect him to play, maybe even better. The last two games, he is playing fantastic."

    Basden was 8-for-12 and made a trio of 3-pointers in a follow-up to the season-high 23 points he scored at Marquette on Saturday.

    "The first couple of years I was a role player," Basden said. "Now that I am a senior, a little bit more weight is on my shoulders and I am stepping up to the plate."

    E.J. Drayton scored 20 points for Charlotte (14-3, 5-1 Conference USA) and Curtis Withers added 16.

    Marcus Shropshire scored 21 points to lead TCU (13-7, 3-3). Corey Santee had 19, Nile Murry scored 15 and Judson Stubbs had 14.

    But the Horned Frogs relied too heavily on 3-pointers, shooting 15-of-35 for the game while allowing Charlotte to build several large leads. Shooting from the outside the entire game prevented TCU from getting to the foul line, as well. TCU attempted just eight free throws, compared to 32 for Charlotte.

    Charlotte made seven of nine free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

    "I was really proud that we were able to hold on and win," Lutz said.

    The 49ers started the night in a four-way tie for first place in the league. In the midst of one of their best seasons in almost a decade, they have won 11 of their last 12 and are fighting to prove they are among the elite teams in the country.

    But they were up and down against TCU and struggled to put them away each time the 49ers built a large lead. Basden hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Charlotte a 52-38 lead, but the Horned Frogs were able to cut it to 61-55 after back-to-back 3-pointers from Nile Murry and Brent Hackett.

    Basden again pushed Charlotte's lead into double digits on a reverse layup with 5:34 to play to make it 76-33, but TCU came back again behind consecutive 3s from Shropshire that made it 78-69.

    TCU used a late flurry of 3s to make it close at the end and force Charlotte to make its foul shots.

    "If you didn't care who won, that was a fun one to watch," said TCU coach Neil Dougherty.

    Mitchell Baldwin, playing with an awkward brace after missing a game last week with a dislocated shoulder, drew the wrath of Lutz in the first half when he gave Charlotte a 37-23 lead on a fast-break dunk. After hanging on the rim for a moment, he was met at midcourt during the ensuing timeout by a screaming Lutz.

    "We seem to be the only team in America that gets technicals for hanging on the rim," Lutz said after the game. "That is something I am paranoid about."

    The coach continued his tirade during the huddle. Although Baldwin was smiling when play resumed, a quick 9-0 TCU run forced the 49ers to get serious.

    With the lead whittled down to 37-32 following a dunk by Ibikunle, Charlotte had to close out the half strong -- getting baskets from Chris Nance and three free throws from Drayton and Basden to take a 42-34 lead into the break.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TCU
    CHAR
    Points 87 94
    FG Made-Attempted 34-65 (.523) 31-56 (.554)
    3P Made-Attempted 15-35 (.429) 10-24 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-8 (.500) 22-32 (.688)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 14

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