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Massachusetts beats Charlotte 59-56 in A10 opener

Mar 10, 2010 - 3:46 AM CHARLOTTE, N.C.(AP) -- 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.