Massachusetts 59, Charlotte 56

Ricky Harris scored 24 points and Massachusetts pulled ahead

late for a 59-56 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday night in the

opening round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Harris hit three from 3-point range and 11 of 12 from the free

throw line – including 4 of 4 during a key stretch in the final

minute – to send the 11th-seeded Minutemen (12-19) on to face

third-seeded Richmond in a quarterfinal game Friday night in

Atlantic City, N.J.

An’Juan Wilderness had 11 points and Ian Andersen 10 for the

sixth-seeded 49ers (19-12), who denied head coach Bobby Lutz a

chance to win his 400th career game on his home court.