Charlotte 85, Rutgers 82
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP)—De’Angelo Alexander scored 20 points and Curtis Withers had 19 as Charlotte held off Rutgers 85-82 on Thursday night.
Leemire Goldwire added 15 points—including nine in the final 3:08—as Charlotte (6-5) snapped a two-game losing streak. Rutgers Quincy Douby led all scorers with 29, and had a chance to tie the game at the end. But his off-balance 3-point attempt left his hand just after the buzzer sounded and fell short.
After playing to a 40-40 tie through the first half, there were 11 lead changes in the second half before Charlotte took the lead for good when Withers converted a three-point play to make it 79-76 with 1:04 left. Goldwire then went 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch, hitting his last two with 5.9 seconds left.
After a timeout, Anthony Farmer drove to the basket and then kicked the ball back to Douby, but time expired just before he could launch his shot.
Farmer added 14 points for Rutgers (9-3), while Marquis Webb had 12 and J.R. Inman and Adrian Hill added 10 each.
The game was delayed for eight minutes in the first half, when the power went out on the scoreboard and an embankment of lights opposite the players’ bench with 5:40 remaining. Play resumed when the scoreboard went back on, and the lighting embankment came on after 16 minutes.