Charlotte 80, East Carolina 68

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- DiJuan Harris had 17 points and six assists and Charlotte continued its impressive start to the season with an 80-68 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday night.

A year after going 11-20, the 49ers (5-1) used their newfound depth to hold off a late charge from their former conference rival for their third straight win.

Seven players scored at least six points for Charlotte, which led by as many as 19 points in the second half in the first meeting between the teams since Charlotte left Conference USA for the Atlantic 10 in 2005.

Brock Young scored 24 points for the Pirates (3-5), who could get no closer than seven points in the closing minutes as their two-game winning streak was snapped.

Charlotte didn't need a big game from Boston College transfer Shamari Spears, who was held to 12 points after scoring at least 20 points in his past four games.