LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Northwestern coach Bill Carmody didn't
complain Monday about the winning performance of his players.
"Tonight I didn't even have to coach them that much," he said
after beating Charlotte 61-47 in the semifinals of the Black
Coaches Association Invitational.
That's compared to Sunday, when he said the Wildcats (2-0) did
"a lot of dumb things" in falling behind by as much as 12 but
squeezing by Lehigh 61-59 in the final seconds.
Charlotte will play Wyoming, which beat North
Carolina-Wilmington 62-59 in Monday's other semifinal, in Tuesday's
For the second game in a row, Vedran Vukusic was Northwestern's
go-to man. He produced 28 points, including 5 of 7 from 3-point
"He's a pretty good all-around player," Carmody said.
Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz also couldn't deny Vukusic credit.
"He was the one. Without him, it changes things," he said.
The 49ers (1-1) came within 42-37 about two-thirds of the way
through the second half on a layup by Curtis Withers. But foul
trouble ensued and that's as close as they got.
"We showed some signs, made a few little runs through both
halves, but couldn't sustain it," Lutz said.
Northwestern hit 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal
The 49ers were outshot 51 percent to 31 percent, but Carmody
thought they were a better shooting team than that. "They missed
some shots they ordinarily would have made," he said. "They had
some good looks."
Leemire Goldwire led Charlotte with 13 points, followed by
Withers with 12. Withers also had seven rebounds.
After Vukusic, Mohamed Hachad followed up with 14 points and 9
rebounds for the Wildcats.
In the first half, Charlotte edged ahead 10-9, but Northwestern
answered with a 12-0 run that included a basket and 3-pointer by
The 49ers fought back, however, and Goldwire made two free
throws, then a foul-drawing basket and another free throw to put
Charlotte within 26-24.
Northwestern finished the half by making 4 of 4 free throws --
two each by Hachad and Vukusic -- to lead 30-25.