Goldwire paces surging Charlotte past fading Rhode Island, 74-64

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP)—Leemire Goldwire scored 34 points and Lamont Mack added 19 to lead Charlotte to a 74-64 win over Rhode Island on Saturday night.

Goldwire connected on 10-of-21 from the floor, including 6-of-13 from 3-point range, and went 8-for-8 from the line to lead the 49ers to their fourth win in their last five games.

Kahiem Seawright led the Rams (21-10, 7-9 Atlantic 10) with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Rhode Island led 38-35 at halftime, but the 49ers (18-12, 9-7) used a 13-2 run early in the second half to surge ahead 59-50.

The Rams closed to within 61-58 with 4:27 left on a pair of free throws by Lamonte Ulmer.

But Goldwire, who tied a school record for most games in a season with 30 points with six, knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:21 to go, giving Charlotte a 66-59 lead.

The Rams, who lost five of their last six, shot 34 percent from the field, and just 3-of-21 from 3-point range.

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