KENNESAW, GA - Behind a 14-2 run over the final six and half minutes and two players in double-figures, the Charlotte 49ers (10-1) defeated Kennesaw State (1-8), 66-52, on the road for their 10th win.
"It was good victory today," Charlotte coach Alan Major said. "It was a great way to bounce back after Friday's game."
Georgia natives DeMario Mayfield with 14 points and E. Victor Nickerson with 11 points led the 49ers. JT Thompson scored eight points off the bench. Chris Braswell, Darion Clark and Pierria Henry each scored seven points apiece.
"DeMario and E. Victor both did good jobs of playing under control," Major said. "They also did a good job of driving into the paint and scoring."
Charlotte finished the game with a 42-26 advantage on points in the paint. Charlotte behind the scoring of Mayfield, Nickerson, Thompson and Braswell off the bench finished the game with a 40-8 advantage in bench scoring.
Charlotte scored eight of the game's first 12 points taking an 8-4 lead when Terrence Williams scored inside with 14:39 on the clock.
Then, Kennesaw went on a 10-2 run taking a 14-10 lead after Jordan Montgomery connected on a three with 12:01 on the clock.
The lead exchanged hands several teams with neither team having a lead larger than 3-4 points for the next nine minutes.
Then, Kennesaw State's Delbert Love connected on a three giving his team a 33-28 lead with 3:19 on the clock. Charlotte behind the scoring of Henry, Williams and Braswell scored the final five points of the half tying the score at 33 at halftime.
In the second half, Kennesaw State scored five of the first seven points taking a 38-35 lead with 17:47 on the clock. Then, the 49ers went on a 6-0 run over the next three minutes behind the scoring of Mayfield and Braswell. Mayfield gave the 49ers the lead for good 39-38 with 15:32 on the clock.
Charlotte maintained a lead of 1-4 points for the next eight minutes until with 6:29 left in the game, the 49ers closed the game on a 14-2 run which began with a jump shot by Denzel Ingram. Nickerson, Henry, Mayfield and Braswell scored during the 49ers' run.
The 49ers return home to begin a four-game home stand that will run into 2013. First, the 49ers face Radford in Halton Arena, Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 pm.
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