Umass 31 34 65
Charlotte 34 32 66
Date of game: 2/2/2013

Recap: Charlotte vs. Massachusetts

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Victor Nickerson collected 12 points to help lift the Charlotte 49ers to a 66-65 win over the Massachusetts Minutemen in Atlantic 10 conference play at Halton Arena.

Ivan Benkovic was the only other double-digit scorer for Charlotte (17-4, 5-2 A-10), as he finished with 10 points off the bench. The 49ers were playing their first game without leading scorer DeMario Mayfield (11.7 ppg), who was suspended indefinitely earlier this week for violating team rules.

Terrell Vinson shot 9-of-13 from the floor en route to a game-high 23 points for the Minutemen (14-6, 4-3), who entered the day with wins in 11 of their previous 13 outings. Chaz Williams chipped in with 16 points in a losing effort.

The first half featured seven ties and seven lead changes. Charlotte grabbed a 34-31 halftime lead thanks to a 6-0 spurt late in the frame.

The 49ers stretched their advantage to 43-35 on a three-point play by Willie Clayton at the 15:21 mark of the second half. They never trailed the rest of the way, although UMass had a chance to go ahead on its final possession but Williams turned the ball over.

Charlotte overcame a 39.7-percent shooting effort for the game by forcing 19 turnovers and pulling down 19 offensive rebounds.

Game Notes

Youngstown State's Ruiz in midseason form

Youngstown State wrapped up spring practices under first-year coach Bo Pelini Friday night, and he and his staff surely enjoyed what they saw in running back Martin Ruiz.

Manziel apologizes following rehab stint

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday, offering an apology and thanks to fans, teammates and the organization for support during his recent stay at a treatment facility.

Rays send reliever Beliveau to DL

The Tampa Bay Rays placed reliever Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to soreness in his left shoulder.

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