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Charlotte beats Northeastern to win Great Alaska Shootout title

Nov 25, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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How late did you stay up last night? Was it late enough to catch a 12:30 a.m. ET tip-off?

If you didn’t, we don’t blame you, but you missed Charlotte’s 67-59 victory over Northeastern to win the Great Alaska Shootout title in Anchorage.

“Just an honor. For this tournament being 35 years old,” Charlotte coach Alan Major said on winning the championship. “I’m really happy for JT Thompson. Last time he was here, he lost to Butler in OT. He said before the game, ‘How many chances in life do you get to go back and finish something?’ So I’m happy for him, but it’s just an honor to have a banner in here among some pretty elite company.”

The Great Alaska Shootout might not be the tournament that it used to be, eclipsed by the Maui Invitational and, more recently, what looks to be a perennially strong field in Atlantis, but Charlotte defeated Texas State, Oral Roberts, and Northeastern to win the title.

Charlotte had three stand-outs in the tournament, with Pierria Henry being named tournament MVP and Chris Braswell and Terrence Williams named to the All-Tournament team.

The 49ers improve to 6-0 on the season and return home to take on East Carolina on Dec. 1.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

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