Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unc-Charlotte Balance Is Too Much for Salukis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unc-Charlotte Balance Is Too Much for Salukis

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DeMarco Johnson scored 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds Wednesday night as host North Carolina-Charlotte held off Southern Illinois-Carbondale for a 71-62 victory.

All five starters finished in double figures for the 49ers (4-3), who shot 17 more free throws than SIUC (4-3).

Shanderic Downs scored 14 points for UNC-Charlotte. Roderick Howard added 12, Alexander Kuehl had 11 and Sean Colson had 10. Troy Hudson paced the Salukis with 19 points, while Rashad Tucker snared 12 rebounds. Chris Wright added 14 points for the Salukis, and Shane Hawkins had 12. The Salukis scored the game's first five points. But the 49ers took over after that, forcing six Saluki turnovers and picking up three steals in the first nine minutes of play. The 49ers marched to a 25-14 advantage when Downs hit a 17-footer with 9:25 remaining in the half. The lead grew to 38-24 when Downs scored on a baseline layup, but the Salukis closed the half with an 11-3 run to pull within 41-36 at the break. Southeast Missouri St. 87, Oakland City 57: Calvert White scored 23 points to lead Southeast Missouri State (3-5) past visiting Oakland City (4-5). White, who was 11-15 from the floor, was one of five SEMO players in double figures. Richard Lyte had 12 points, Devron Kirksey 11 and David Montgomery and Bud Eley each had 10. Eley led all rebounders with 14. North Carolina 67, LSU 48: Antawn Jamison had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 12 North Carolina (7-1) struggled offensively without top assist man Ed Cota before beating LSU (3-6) in Greensboro, N.C. Cota, a freshman who is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in assists at 7.6 per game, was sidelined with a sore right arch. Alabama 72, North Texas 55: Anton Reese scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, leading No. 20 Alabama (9-0) past North Texas (3-5) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Penn State 61, Bradley 57: Calvin Booth scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Penn State (5-1) over visiting Bradley (2-3). …

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