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Updated: Sunday, February 20, 2005 12:27 AM EST
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(23) Charlotte 86, Tulane 67

NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers proved too much for Tulane.

Basden scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Withers added 26 as No. 23 Charlotte pounded Conference USA rival Tulane, 86-67.

Basden was 9-of-16 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line and Withers made 9-of-16 shots and 10-of-15 from the stripe. Charlotte made 24-of-30 free throws while Tulane was only 13-of-21.

Charlotte put the game out of reach with an 18-4 run that provided a 37-20 lead with six minutes left in the first half. The 49ers (19-4, 10-2 C-USA) led, 49-27, at the break and cruised thereafter to their fifth straight win.

"Going into the game I was concerned about Withers and Basden and their physical play," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "Especially matching up against our freshmen. They came out and took advantage of our youth at those positions."

The Green Wave were playing without senior point guard Marcus Kinzer and greatly missed their experienced leader. Tulane committed 14 first-half turnovers that Charlotte converted into 21 points.

"In the first half they were capitalizing on our turnovers and making us play faster," Finney said. "That's where we miss Marcus."

Brendan Plavich hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points and Basden added four steals and three assists.

Quincy Davis scored 14 points and Taylor Rochestie 12 for Tulane (9-14, 3-9), which had 20 turnovers that Charlotte converted into 26 points.

"In the second half we played with more poise," Finney said. "We didn't have the turnovers that allowed them to get easy baskets."

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