Duquesne used a 16-1 run in the second half to overtake Charlotte on its way to an 83-77 Atlantic 10 victory over the homestanding 49ers, Wednesday night. Charlotte led by 10, 50-40 after a DiJuan Harris jumper with 17:15 to play but didn't score another field goal until the 10:50 mark. In the meantime, Duquesne went on that 16-1 run to take a five-point lead, 56-51.
Charlotte (18-7; 8-3) would get as close as two on Derrio Green's layup with 10:50 to play but by the 6:57 mark, the Dukes (14-12; 5-7) had pushed the lead back to nine, 67-58 on a Bill Clark jumper and Jason Duty three-pointer.
Charlotte would get as close as three, two more times and were within two, 79-77, after an Ian Andersen three-pointer with 0:26 seconds left, but Duty hit two free throws and after the 49ers missed two attempts to cut the lead back to two, Sean Jackson iced it with two more free throws.
B.J. Monteiro led the Dukes with 19 points while Clark added 18 and Damian Saunders had 11. Shamari Spears led Charlotte with his third double-double of the year (20 points; 12 rebounds). Freshman Chris Braswell added a 10-point; 15-rebound double-double, which ties him with Clinton Hinton (1984-85) for second most double-doubles by a 49ers freshman, 7. Harris added 15 points for the 49ers and Green had 13.
Duquesne shot 48% for the game, including 36% from three-point range while Charlotte struggled from the field, connecting on just 33% of it shots and only 22% of its three-pointers. The 49ers also committed 15 turnovers, which led to 22 Duquesne points.
"It's obviously disappointing to lose at home," said 49ers head coach Bobby Lutz. "We just can't shoot 32 percent from the field and 22 percent from threes against them and expect to win -- especially when we turn the ball over 10 times in the second half. We didn't do the things we needed to win the game."
Charlotte, which was 14-0 when leading at the half, held a 39-35 halftime lead, thnaks in part to its pound-it-inside offense that reulted in 14 free throw attempts (12-of-14 made). Charlotte continued to get to the line in the second half and completed the game shooting 29-of-33 from the line (.879), but the 10 second half turnovers and 31% second-half shooting did not allow the 49ers to keep pace wit the Dukes, who shot 53% in the second half.
The 49ers have lost two in a row for just the second time this season and face Xavier, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the 49ers Homecoming Game.
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