Fiu 21 40 61
Charlotte 30 43 73
Date of game: 2/1/2014

Recap: Charlotte vs. FIU

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Cherry paced five teammates in double figures with 17 points, as the Charlotte 49ers downed the FIU Panthers, 73-61, in Conference USA action at Halton Arena.

Willie Clayton and Shawn Lester each scored 13 points for Charlotte (14-7, 5-3 C-USA), with Clayton also ripping down nine rebounds. Mike Thorne, Jr. had 12 points and Pierria Henry tallied 10 points and seven assists for the 49ers, who have won back-to-back games.

For FIU (11-11, 3-4), both Rakeem Buckles (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Tymell Murphy (11 points, 10 rebounds) logged double-doubles, while Dennis Mavin poured in 14 points.

Charlotte finished the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 30-21 lead into the break. The 49ers shot 46.2 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while the Panthers shot just 31.3 percent and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.

The 49ers separated themselves even further with a 15-4 run at the start of the second stanza, and their advantage was never threatened the rest of the way.

Charlotte finished 8-of-15 from 3-point range on the evening, while FIU was a lowly 1-of-12 from long distance.

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