N.C.-Charlotte 84, Va. Commonwealth 71
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Senior forward Jarvis Lang scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Saturday as N.C-Charlotte captured an 84-71 victory over Virginia Commonwealth.
Lang also surpassed the 1,000-rebound mark for his career with N.C.-Charlotte (18-5, 8-3 Metro Conference). With Tulane’s four-point overtime loss to Virginia Tech, the 49ers clinched at least a share of the Metro Conference regular season championship.
The Rams trailed in the first half, managing their only lead of the game, 29-27, following Tyron McCoy’s three-point jumper with 4:25 left.
Virginia Commonwealth (15-11, 2-7 MC) trailed 39-32 at halftime. The Rams rallied within two points several times in the second half, but N.C.-Charlotte answered with a three-point jumper each time.
Roderick Howard, who scored 14 points for the 49ers, offset a three-pointer in the second half by Sherman Hamilton to bring the Rams within 2 points, 60-58, with 8:41 remaining in the game.
The 49ers converted 12 of 12 free throws from that stage to pull away.
McCoy finished with 19 points to pace the Rams, while Hamilton and Bernard Hopkins scored 17 each. George Byrd added 11 points for Virginia Commonwealth.
Bruce Patterson scored 13 points and Jermain Parker added 12 for the 49ers.