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Big second half pushes 49ers past Blue Raiders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Middle Tennessee appeared to be mounting a comeback late in Thursday's game at Charlotte, cutting a 12-point deficit to five on multiple occasions, but the host 49ers went on a 14-4 run over the final two minutes to emerge with an 82-67 win. Charlotte was 10-10 from the free throw line in the final 2:34 to salt away the game.

Charlotte took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime, but the Blue Raiders continued to battle, leading 50-47 with 11:34 to play. The home squad responded with a 17-2 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes.