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
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