COL BKB: Charlotte 65, Xavier 60

Feb. 19, 2009 at 10:49 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A clutch 3-pointer by Lamont Mack with 33 seconds remaining gave Charlotte a four-point lead Thursday and the 49ers held on to down No. 17 Xavier 65-60.

Xavier fell a half game behind Dayton in the battle for the Atlantic 10 Conference lead.

Ian Anderson made five 3-pointers and led Charlotte with 16 points. Mack scored 12, all of them coming in the final 8 minutes.

Mack's 3-point shot gave Charlotte a 62-58 advantage. After Derrick Brown brought the Musketeers within two with 14 seconds to play, An'Juan Wilderness hit two foul shots to restore Charlotte's four-point lead.

Wilderness added another free throw with 2 seconds to play. The 49ers (10-15, 4-7 A-10) have won two in a row.

It was Charlotte's first win over Xavier in seven tries.

Xavier (21-5, 9-3) was paced by 13 points from C.J. Anderson. After winning their first eight conference games, the Musketeers have dropped three out of four.

Xavier was a 69-47 winner when these teams played in Cincinnati last month.

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