CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Curtis Withers scored 27 points and had
10 rebounds a as Charlotte defeated Duquesne 77-71 in an Atlantic
10 Conference game Wednesday.
The victory gives the 49ers (18-10, 11-4 Atlantic 10) one of
four first-round byes in next week's conference tournament.DeAngelo Alexander scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds for
Charlotte. Marcus Bennett had 14 and Leemire Goldwire added 12.Bryant McAllister led the Dukes with 23 points.Charlote broke open a close game in the second half, running out
to an 18-point lead over the Dukes (3-23, 1-14) at 63-45 with 11:40
remaining in the game.Ten straight points by the Dukes cut the 49ers lead to eight and
Duquesne trailed by five, 65-60 with 4:58 to play.Charlotte went cold from the field late in the game. But
Withers, whose free-throw percentage is just 54.9 percent, made six
of his final eight free throws to help Charlotte hold for the
victory.In the first half, Charlotte shot 55.3 percent from the field
and made six of 15 3-pointers. Duquesne made 16 of 32 shots for 50
percent.The Dukes led by as much as eight before a 29-17 run gave
Charlotte a 42-38 lead at halftime.