Charlotte 72, George Washington 68

Shamari Spears scored a career-high 31 points and Charlotte

scored nine straight in the last 1:25 to defeat George Washington

72-68 on Wednesday night.

The 49ers (17-5, 7-1 Atlantic 10 Conference) trailed 68-63 with

1:25 to play, but went 6-for-6 from the free throw line, hit a free

throw and forced two turnovers to win their sixth straight.

George Washington (12-9, 2-6) jumped out to a 9-0 lead on Damian

Hollis’ jump shot with 18:36 left in the first half. Charlotte took

its first lead at 27-26 on Charles Dewhurst’s layup with 6:32 to go

until halftime, and the difference wouldn’t grow any larger than

five points the rest of the way.

DiJuan Harris added 11 points and Phil Jones chipped in 10 for

the 49ers, who shot 52.4 percent in the second half (11 of 21).

Hollis finished with 23 points for the Colonials and Lasan

Kromah added 11.