INDIANAPOLIS – Charlotte took advantage of every opportunity against No. 11 Butler on Wednesday night.
Pierria Henry scored 17 points, including two late free throws, and the 49ers hung on for a 71-67 victory that ended the Bulldogs’ home winning streak.
Chris Braswell and Willie Clayton each had 11 points for the 49ers, who ended a two-game skid.
Rotnei Clarke scored 18 and Roosevelt Jones had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (20-5, 7-3 Atlantic 10), who hadn’t lost at home in 12 games.
I think the right team won, Butler coach Brad Stevens said. It probably would have been a disservice if Butler would have won.
The 49ers (18-6, 6-4) went on a 7-1 run late in the game and then withstood a late charge by the Bulldogs that got them within a point.
Does anybody have a stretcher? Charlotte coach Alan Major said. I may need to be carried out of here after that one.
After the 49ers built a 10-point lead, the Bulldogs went on an 8-2 run.
Clarke hit a three-pointer and the 49ers missed a shot. Kellen Dunham made two free throws to make it 60-55 with 2:20 left.
E. Victor Nickerson hit a jumper and then Clarke made a three to make it 62-58 with 1:31 left. Clarke hit a three with 22.6 seconds left to make it 66-61 and then Denzel Ingram made one of two from the line.
They just hit tough shots, Nickerson said. It was a big win. That’s a good team and we’re a good team.
Clarke was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to make it 67-64, but Henry made one of two from the line.
Clarke hit a deep three with 7 seconds left to pull Butler to 68-67. Henry made one of two from the line and the Bulldogs turned the ball over on an inbounds pass.
It was going to Rotnei, Stevens said. But it didn’t ever get to the point where he could get the ball.
At that point, the 49ers didn’t know what Butler was going to do.
I didn’t know what to expect, Major said. I was expecting Clarke in some form or fashion, but sometimes when you’re expecting that, as a coach, you think they’re going the other direction.
No. 2 DUKE 73, NORTH CAROLINA 68: In Durham, N.C., Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Duke. Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
P.J. Hairston scored 20 points for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5).
MIAMI 74, FLORIDA STATE 68: In Tallahassee, Fla., Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes to help Hurricanes to their 12th straight victory.
Reggie Johnson added 15 points for Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC), which became the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years.
Florida State (13-11, 5-6 ACC) tied the game at 51 midway through the second half on Okaro White’s tip-in, but never got the lead.
CONNECTICUT 66, No. 9 SYRACUSE 58: In Hartford, Conn., freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three three-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and the Huskies beat the Orange in the last scheduled game between the national powers.
Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East although the Huskies could be enticed to head to another conference if asked.
There is no chance they would meet again this postseason as Connecticut has been banned from the Big East and NCAA tournaments.
No. 17 OKLAHOMA STATE 91, TEXAS TECH 67: In Lubbock, Texas, Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven three-pointers to lead the Cowboys. Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (18-5, 8-3 Big 12), who have won six straight.
Brown was 8 for 11 from the field, including 7 of 8 from beyond the arc.
No. 22 MEMPHIS 93, UCF 71: In Memphis, Tenn., Joe Jackson had 21 points and 10 assists, four other players scored in double figures for the Tigers, who earned their 15th straight victory.
No. 25 OKLAHOMA ST. 64, WEST VIRGINIA 54: In Morgantown, W.Va., Brittney Martin scored a career-high 21 points and Oklahoma State pulled away.