Dukes Topped by Charlotte, 77-71

March 1, 2006

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Curtis Withers scored 27 and DeAngelo Alexander added 21 as Charlotte withstood a late Duquesne rally to defeat the Dukes 77-71 at Charlotte. Bryant McAllister led DU with 23 points, 7 assists and 2 steals.

Charlotte, which led 42-38 at the half, held Duquesne to one field goal in the first 7:17 of the second half to take a 16-point lead. Marcus Bennett gave the 49ers their largest lead at 63-45 on a layup with 11:40 to go. But Duquesne, behind 3-pointers from Aaron Jackson and Ronnie Thomas, sandwiched around a DeVario Hudson jumper, cut the lead to eight with 7:28 remaining.

It was then that Charlotte began going to Withers inside. The 6-8, 246-pound forward scored eight of Charlotte's next 10 points as the 49ers built a seemingly comfortable 74-64 lead with 1:46 left. McAllister, who was guarded by a number of different 49ers throughout the game, converted a Brian Kelly steal into a layup and Jackson, who finished with 14 points, hit his fourth 3-pointer to the game to cut the lead to five.

The 49ers continued to struggle with Duquesne's full-court pressure as Kelly came up with another steal and found McAllister who was fouled and converted a pair of free throws with 36 seconds left to make it 74-71. On Charlotte's next possession, Jackson barely missed a third consecutive steal before McAllister quickly fouled Withers with 17 seconds to go. Withers converted one of two to make it a five point game. Jackson was then called for a charge with 7 seconds left and Leemire Goldwire hit the ensuing free throws for the final margin.

Jackson added a career high-tying 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for DU. Ronnie Thomas went 3-of-5 from the 3-point arc in scoring 9 for the Dukes. Withers, who added 10 rebounds, finished 8-of-13 from the field and 11-of-17 from the foul line. Alexander added 10 boards for the 49ers.



Charlotte, which came into the game with an Atlantic 10-best +4.8 rebounding margin, was outrebounded by the Dukes 35-30. The 49ers, shot 50.9 percent, while Duquesne, which shot 38.5 percent in the second half, finished at 44.8 percent. DU turned it over 17 times to 13 for Charlotte.

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