Charlotte, NC - Behind a total team defensive effort and three double-figure scorers, the Charlotte 49ers (20-10, A-10: 8-8) defeated the Saint Joseph's Hawks (17-12, A-10: 8-8), 52-40, on Senior Night . With the victory, the 49ers clinch a berth in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. The 49ers finish the regular-season tied for eighth and probably will be the ninth seed in the A-10 Tournament.
Charlotte's 20th victory marked the first time since the 2007-08 season that the 49ers have won 20 games in a season.
"I was proud of our team," Charlotte coach Alan Major said. "We got back to defending the way we know how."
The 49ers defense held Saint Joseph's to 40 points which is their lowest point total since scoring 39 points against Villanova, February 9, 2007. The 49ers defense limited Saint Joseph's to 29.2% shooting from the field and 13.6% shooting from beyond the three-point line.
Pierria Henry recorded his second straight double-double with 12 points (ten of his points came from the free throw line) and 11 rebounds. Willie Clayton scored Charlotte's first six points and finished the game with 12 points. Chris Braswell recorded his 73rd career double-figure scoring game with 10 points.
In the second half, the 49ers scored 34 points and recorded only three turnovers in the half.
With the game tied at 4 at the 16:06 mark, Saint Joseph's went on a 9-2 run taking a 13-6 lead when Carl Jones scored at the 13:22 mark.
Then, Charlotte went on a 6-0 run behind the scoring of Henry and Clark cutting Saint Joseph's lead to one, 13-12, when Henry scored inside with 8:53 on the clock.Saint Joseph's maintained a lead
Welcome to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation!
Football parking permits for FSL Account Holders are on sale now for the 2018 season. FSL Account Holders can find a football parking map and annual giving requirements at www.charlotte49ers.com/gamedayinfo. To purchase a permit, please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950.
Green CRI 1, Green CRI 1A and Green CRI 2A are sold out. Two spaces remain in Orange CRI Rooftop
If you wish to make a contribution to the Annual Giving Campaign or Let Me Play (fundraiser for women's athletics), you can do so online or by calling the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-1047/4950.
This system will give you full access to your own personal account and display donations and pledges to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation.
Please Note: If you have ever contributed to the Athletic Foundation, you have an existing account and should login using that information. Please do not create a second account. If you are unsure of your account status or need your login information, please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950/1047.
If your gift will be accompanied by a matching gift from your employer please do not make your gift online. Contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-1047 for information on contributions with a matching gift.
Please note that changes to the tax law regarding charitable donations to Athletic Foundations went into effect January 1, 2018. For information on how this new law impacts FSL Account Holders, please visit: http://www.charlotte49ers.com/GiveNow.
If you are a new member and have not participated in any of the ways mentioned above, please create a new account below and make a pledge to our current campaign.