BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Reggie Upshaw had 17 of his 27 points in the second half Thursday night and Middle Tennessee beat Charlotte 79-61 in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals.
Middle Tennessee had a 27-2 run that spanned both halves and ended when Buford's jumper made it 54-38 with 11:31 left in the second half. The Blue Raiders led by double digits the rest of the way.
The seventh-seeded 49ers (14-19) pulled away first with a 13-3 run to lead 36-27 with 1:12 left in the first half. But they missed 13 of their next 14 shots while the Blue Raiders took control with their run.