Charlotte 74, Cincinnati 64
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Demon Brown scored 18 points on six 3-pointers, setting a Conference USA season record, as Charlotte beat Cincinnati 74-64on Saturday.
Brown’s fifth 3-pointer broke the season mark of 110 set by Charlotte’s Jobey Thomas last season. Brown went 6-of-14 from behind the arc, his last 3 giving Charlotte a 70-57 lead with 2:51 to play.
The national record is 158, set by Darrin Fitzgerald of Butler in the 1986-87 season.
Curtis Nash had 20 points for Charlotte (10-12, 5-5 C-USA), which shot just 37 percent but grabbed 24 offensive rebounds as it won its second straight game.
Taron Barker scored 12 points to lead Cincinnati (14-7, 6-4), but leading scorers Leonard Stokes and Field Williams combined for 14 points on 4-for-20 shooting. It was the Bearcats’ fourth loss in five games, dropping them three games behind American Division-leading Louisville.
Charlotte jumped to a double-digit lead in the first half and kept the Bearcats at bay with bruising inside play. Leading 43-30 at the break, Charlotte pushed the lead to 15 early and Cincinnati—which made just 12 of 22 free throws—got no closer than seven points.
Charlotte was physical from the start, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds in the first half. Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins complained about the officiating throughout the first 20 minutes, and was issued a technical foul with 4:05 left.
Cincinnati pulled to 36-29, but Charlotte closed the half on a 7-1 run— ending with Brown’s third 3-pointer—to take the 13-point halftime lead.
Charlotte has won four of the last seven meetings in the series.