Saint Louis 68, Charlotte 67

Cody Ellis came off the bench to score 17 points and Saint Louis

held off a late rally to beat Charlotte 68-67 on Saturday.

Mike McCall Jr. finished with 16 points, Brian Conklin had 14

and Kwamain Mitchell added 13 for the Billikens (14-4, 2-2 Atlantic

10), who fought back from a 14-point deficit in the first half to

lead by as many as 13 with four minutes remaining in the second

half.

Javarris Barnett had 23 points and three others – DeMario

Mayfield, Chris Braswell and Pierria Henry – added 10 points each

for the 49ers (9-7, 2-2), who made their own comeback in the final

minutes.

Charlotte never trailed in the first half Saturday, scoring the

game’s first seven points and building its lead into double digits

just past the midway point.

But Saint Louis took advantage of the 49ers’ turnover problems

in the second half.