EL PASO, Texas -- Mike Thorne Jr. scored 16 points and added 14 rebounds as Charlotte carried a five-point halftime lead into a 73-68 victory over UTEP in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Thursday night.
The first half saw four lead changes and six ties before the 49ers moved ahead for good with 4:19 left before the break. The scoring was evenly matched at 39 in the second half.
UTEP was without three players -- Justin Crosgile, McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland- after the university announced Tuesday that they were no longer on the team because of betting on sporting events.
NCAA title game hero Kris Jenkins said he will withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return to Villanova for his senior season.
Andy Katz breaks down the likelihood of Villanova, Syracuse, North Carolina or Oklahoma making a run to the Final Four next season.
Florida State has announced that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will return to the court for his junior season. The 6-foot-4 guard declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent.
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