Harris leads 11th-seed Minutemen to first A-10 tourney win since 2002

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- 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.