CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Woolridge stole the ball and flew for a fast-break layup to spark a 6-2 finish and North Texas turned back Charlotte 73-66 Saturday.
Umoja Gibson and Roosevelt Smart led North Texas with 19 points apiece, Gibson draining five 3-pointers and Smart three. Woolridge scored nine points and had a game-high seven assists.
North Texas (19-4, 7-3 Conference USA) lost an eight-game win streak on Jan. 12 and has won three of five since to remain knotted atop the conference with Old Dominion. Three other teams are a half-game back.
Jon Davis poured in 25 points, making all nine of his free throws to lead Charlotte (5-17, 2-9), which has lost its last five. Malik Martin added 12 points.
The 49ers led 34-32 at the half, but turned the ball over eight times in the final period, leading to 13 points for Mean Green.