Paul Thomas added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Miners. UTEP (7-12, 2-6 Conference USA) outscored the 49ers 19-7 from the free-throw line and outrebounded them 38-28 to overcome 36-percent shooting.
Jon Davis scored all of Charlotte's points in a 10-2 run that made it 43-all with five minutes to play but Thomas answered with a 3-point play as the Miners scored nine of the next 12 points to take a 52-46 lead when Gilyard made a layup with 1:29 remaining. Davis had five points in a 7-2 spurt that pulled the 49ers within one with 26 seconds to go but they missed their final three shots and Gilyard hit two free throws with three seconds left to seal it.
Davis led Charlotte (5-15, 2-7) with 23 points, 19 in the second half.
Memphis will hold pro day for NBA teams featuring potential lottery picks
The pro day, featuring James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa, will have a similar format to the draft combine.
Judge denies MSU request to dismiss Title IX suit
A federal judge on Wednesday denied Michigan State's request to dismiss a Title IX lawsuit filed by a former female student, thus allowing the suit to proceed.
Osabuohien, dismissed by Hogs, surfaces at WVU
Forward Gabe Osabuohien, who was dismissed from Arkansas for undisclosed reasons last week, has transferred to play for coach Bob Huggins at West Virginia.