CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Brendan Plavich believes long distance is the next best thing to being there.
Plavich tied a season high with eight 3-pointers and finished with 26 points to lead Charlotte to a 91-90 victory over No. 17 Cincinnati in a Conference USA game.
The 49ers (15-4, 6-2 C-USA) won their 12th game in their last 14 and avenged an 80-58 loss to the Bearcats on January 19. But the win was not assured until Armein Kirkland missed a 14-foot jumper in the lane on Cincinnati's final possession.
All of Plavich's baskets came from beyond the arc and his eighth came just before Eddie Basden sank three free throws with 4:06 left to put the 49ers in front, 88-83.
Moments later, Mitchell Baldwin made 1-of-2 from the line to give Charlotte an 89-83 edge before Kirkland and James White nailed consecutive 3-pointers to tie the contest at 89-89 with 1:52 remaining.
Curtis Withers, who scored 15 points to come within one of 1,000, sank two foul shots with 65 seconds left that gave Charlotte the lead for good, 91-89.
Eric Hicks made 1-of-2 from the line with 52 seconds remaining and finished with 20 points, while White scored 18 and Jason Maxiell added 17 for Cincinnati (17-5, 6-3).
Basden, who tied the conference record for career steals with 231, finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, which had a 43-34 rebounding advantage.
The Bearcats shot 54 percent (20-of-37) in the first half but led just 51-47 at intermission when Kirkland nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Charlotte finished 25-of-28 from the free throw line and 12-of-29 on 3-pointers in raising its home record against Cincinnati to 5-4.