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Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2005 8:43 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Charlotte 76, (25) Marquette 66

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Eddie Basden made sure that Marquette would once again join the list of unranked teams.

Basden scored 23 points and Brendan Plavich added 20 as Charlotte returned to the win column with a 76-66 victory over No. 25 Marquette in a Conference USA contest.

Earning their second stint in the national rankings Monday behind five wins in six games, the Golden Eagles (14-4, 2-3 C-USA) lost, 85-72, at DePaul on Thursday prior to this defeat.

Basden shot 8-of-13 from the field, making all three of his 3-point attempts, and grabbed eight rebounds as the 49ers (13-3, 4-1) topped the Golden Eagles in their last conference matchup. Marquette will begin playing in the Big East Conference next season.

"To me (Charlotte) just made more big plays than us and it came down to the easy points and that's what they were, the big plays," Marquette coach Tom Crean said.

Trailing 40-31 at halftime, Marquette took a 51-47 lead with 12:51 remaining behind a 12-1 run, but Basden made two straight baskets to tie the score and made it 56-54 on a 3-pointer three minutes later. Plavich added a shot from the arc and a layup to push the lead to 61-56 with 7:54 remaining.

The Golden Eagles got within four points three times after that but could not get any closer.

"We put some runs on them, we made some strides and they had an answer for everything," Marquette guard Dameon Mason said. Plavich finished five 3-pointers for Charlotte, which finished 10-of-21 from the arc. Curtis Withers added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the 49ers, who pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-chance points to the Golden Eagles' 5.

"I thought we played with a lot of effort and a lot of energy," Crean said. "It was a dogfight for most of the game. There were some costly missed opportunities to get rebounds on the defensive end and they were able to turn them into second chance points."

Travis Diener went 1-of-6 from the arc and finished with 15 points and seven assists for Marquette, which has lost three of its last four conference games.

Mason scored 14 points and Ryan Amoroso added 13 for the Golden Eagles, who shot 54 percent (7-of-13) at the free throw line.

Freshman forward Ousmane Barro scored a season-high nine points and grabbed five rebounds in his first start for Marquette, which lost to Charlotte for the just the second time in its last six home games.

"What we were looking for was an energy boost and that's why Ousmane was in there," Crean said. "It was his coming out party today. I thought he really looked like he belonged out there and he did really good things for us."


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