CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Leemire Goldwire scored 21 points in the second half as Charlotte pulled away to beat Davidson 75-68 on Wednesday night.
Goldwire hit a career-high nine 3-pointers and finished with a career best 34 points as the 49ers (5-2) won their sixth straight over the Wildcats at Halton Arena in the annual Hornets Nest Trophy game.
An’Juan Wilderness added 12 points and Lamont Mack 11 for Charlotte.
Stephen Curry had 32 points and Jason Richards added 11 points and 12 assists for Davidson (3-4), which outrebounded the 49ers 49-38 but shot just 36.7 percent from the field and made only 10-of-34 3-pointers.
Down one point at the half, the Charlotte went on a 10-4 run to open the second half, with a Goldwire free throw with 15:55 left giving the 49ers a 45-40 lead.
The Wildcats responded with an 11-4 run, with Curry scoring eight unanswered points to put Davidson up 51-49 with 7:51 remaining.
The Wildcats managed to tie the score twice, the last at 58 with 4:02 left, but Goldwire hit three 3-pointers during a 12-4 run to put the 49ers up 70-62— their biggest lead of the half—with 1:48 remaining.
Davidson managed to pull within 70-68 with 55 seconds left on 3-pointers by Curry and Max Paulhus Gosselin, but Goldwire’s ninth 3-pointer of the game 20 seconds later pushed Charlotte’s margin back to five points.
After a ragged start—both sides missed 13 consecutive shots from the field and free-throw line in the first 90 seconds—the 49ers hit three straight 3-pointers, followed by Phil Jones dunk with 15:03 left to go up 11-5.
But Curry nailed a pair of 3-pointers during an eight-point surge to put the Wildcats ahead 13-12 with 13:35 left, then hit a free throw two minutes later that gave Davidson an 18-12 lead, its biggest margin of the half.
Charlotte fought back to pull within one point three times before Goldwire’s 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining put the 49ers ahead 35-34. But Stephen Rossiter’s back-door layup with 36 seconds left gave the Wildcats a 36-35 lead at the break.