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Charlotte overpowers Northeastern in 86-77 win

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KYLE HIGHTOWER | November 22, 2013 05:05 PM EST | AP


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shawn Lester had 20 points and Ben Cherry added 18 as Charlotte overpowered Northeastern in the final 10 minutes to preserve an 86-77 victory in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The win was the 49ers third straight and sets up a championship game matchup with the winner of Florida State and Michigan on Sunday.

Charlotte led by nine at halftime, but had to stave off a flurry by Northeastern, which tied it back up with less than 10 minutes to play in the game.

The Huskies went cold for a spell from both the foul line and the field, though, and were never able to take the lead back as the 49ers knocked down their free-throws in the closing minutes.

Northeastern's Scott Eatherton had 22 points and 11 rebounds to post his second straight double-double of the tournament.

Demetrius Pollard added 14 points.