Charlotte 64, S. Illinois 59

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP)—Curtis Withers scored a game-high 16 points to lead Charlotte to a 64-59 victory over Southern Illinois on Friday.

Mitchell Baldwin added 14 points and Martin Iti and Chris Sager both had eight for Charlotte (8-3).

The 49ers held a slim 28-26 halftime lead, but pulled away from Southern Illinois (8-2) in the second half. Charlotte shot 52 percent in the second half, compared with the Salukis’ 40 percent.

Southern Illinois was led by Stetson Hairston, who had 15 points and LaMar Owen, who came off the bench to score 11. Darren Brooks chipped in 10.

Charlotte outrebounded Southern Illinois 45-35 but the Salukis held the edge in 3-pointers, sinking six from behind the arc while the 49ers scored four.

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