Charlotte 78, Cent. Michigan 66

DeMario Mayfield scored 15 points off the bench and Denzel

Ingram finished with 13 points as Charlotte beat Central Michigan

78-66 Saturday.

Willie Clayton finished with 10 points and nine rebounds to help

Charlotte (9-0) win its ninth consecutive game.

After Kyle Randall’s layup cut Central Michigan’s (4-4) deficit

to two, 34-32, early in the second half, Charlotte outscored the

Chippewas 14-3 over the next five minutes to push the lead to 48-35

with 12:10 left to play. Mayfield and Ingram combined for 10 points

during the run.

John Simon’s layup at the 6:25 mark cut Charlotte’s lead to

seven, 57-50, but Ivan Benkovic answered with a 3-pointer for the

49ers to push the lead back to double figures. Central Michigan

would not get any closer.

Randall scored 15 points to lead Central Michigan while Simon

and Olivier Mbaigoto finished with 13 points apiece.