CHARLOTTE, NC - Behind four double-figure scorers
and clutch play down the stretch, the Charlotte 49ers (8-0) defeated cross-county
rival Davidson (4-4), 73-69, in dramatic fashion to retain the Hornet's Nest
"It was a great
game to be a part of," Charlotte coach Alan Major said. "I am incredibly proud
of our team and the way they hustled and played with tremendous effort tonight.
This was a tremendous win by our team."
left in the game, the 49ers were trailing Davidson, 65-62. Then, Charlotte's
Chris Braswell, who led the 49ers with 15 points, scored five straight points
including a three-pointer from the top of the key giving the 49ers a 67-65 lead
with 2:20 on the clock.
Ian Cochran connected on two free throws tying the game for the ninth time.
Then, Charlotte's Pierria Henry, who scored six points in the final 1:14 of the
game, gave the 49ers a 69-67 with two free throws with 1:14 on the clock. Davidson's
De'Mon Brooks tied the score for the tenth time with two free throws with 59
seconds on the clock.
gave the 49ers the lead for good with a difficult 14-foot jump shot on the
baseline that arched over the outstretched hands of a Davidson defender and
into the basket with 24 seconds on the clock. Davidson's Brooks missed a shot
on the other end. Henry grabbed the rebound and was fouled with four seconds on
the clock. Henry knocked down two free throws giving the victory.
the 49ers in scoring for the fifth time this season with 15 points off the bench.
Darion Clark scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Willie
Clayton scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Henry with another stat
stuffing performance with 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four
steals. Terrence Williams added seven points for the 49ers.
led four Davidson Wildcats in double-figures with 15 points.
finished the game with a 38-30 advantage in points in the paint. The 49ers 14-6
advantage in offensive rebounds led to an 18-7 advantage in second chance
began the game on an 8-2 run behind the scoring of Denzel Ingram, Clark,
Clayton and Williams.
answered the 49ers run with a 7-0 run taking a 9-8 lead when Clint Mann knocked
down a jump shot at the 14:33 mark.
regained the lead when Henry scored inside at the 13:51 mark, then Davidson
went on a 13-5 run taking a 22-15 lead when Brooks scored inside at the 7:49
Davidson leading 23-18 with 4:29 left in the first half, Charlotte went on a
5-0 run behind a basket from Williams and three at the top of the key by E.
Victor Nickerson tying the score at 23.
regained the lead with an 8-0 run pushing their first half lead to 31-23 with
1:50 on the clock. Charlotte behind the scoring of Clayton and Braswell cut
Davidson's halftime lead to 33-29.
began the second half by scoring 15 of the first 19 points taking a 44-37 lead
when DeMario Mayfield knocked down two free throws with 14:34 on the clock.
answered the 49ers run with a 9-2 run tying the score at 44 when Cohen scored
inside with 12:57 on the clock.
went back and forth with the lead changing hands several times over the final
12 minutes until Henry scored the game's final four points giving the 49ers the
to Halton Arena when they play Central Michigan, Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm.