Alexander's 22 points Leads 49ers To 82-65 Win Over Eagles In BCA Invitational

Nov. 13, 2005

Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - De'Angelo Alexander had four 3-pointers and 22 points to lead Charlotte to an 82-65 victory over Coppin State Sunday night in the first round of the Black Coaches Association Invitational.

Darryl Proctor opened the second half with a pair of baskets for Coppin State (0-1), pulling the Eagles within 46-32, but that was the closest they would get.

Charlotte (1-0) responded by going inside to Curtis Withers, who scored six of the next eight points for the 49ers. A 3-pointer from Alexander made it 57-37 with 15:15 left.

Withers added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, and E.J. Drayton scored 10.

Darryl Proctor led Coppin State with 19 points, and Darryl Roberts scored 17.

Charlotte will play the winner of the Lehigh-Northwestern game in the semifinals; Coppin State will play the loser.

The 49ers led 46-28 at halftime after hitting better than 61 percent from the field in the first half, including five of 12 3-pointers.

Leading 23-15 midway through the first half, the 49ers went on a 15-2 run capped by Drayton's 3-pointer from the top of the key that made it 38-17. After that, Coppin State never got within single digits.

Alexander hit a 3-pointer and Leemire Goldwire added two more in Charlotte's 11-4 opening run.