PROVIDENCE, RI - The Charlotte 49ers (21-12) had four double-figure scorers but it was not enough as the 49ers saw their season end with a 75-66 loss at Providence (18-14) in the first round of the NIT.
“Our team has shown a lot of different faces this season,” Charlotte coach Alan Major said. “Our effort tonight was indicative of our season as we fought to the end. I am very proud of our team.”
E. Victor Nickerson led the 49ers with 14 points. He scored 10 points in the first half. Terrence Williams and Chris Braswell each scored 12 points. Braswell record his 76th double-figure scoring game in his final game as a Niner. Willie Clayton added 10 points.
Providence led for the majority of the first half and the score was tied six times in the first half. With Providence leading 29-26 with 5:18 left in the half, the 49ers finished the half on a 10-4 run taking a 36-33 halftime lead. Clayton, Nickerson and Braswell scored during the 49ers run.
Providence scored four of the first five points of the second half tying the score at 37 with 18:27 on the clock.
Then, Charlotte went on a 7-0 capped off by a three-pointer from the wing by Williams which gave the 49ers a 44-37 lead with 15:21 left in the second half.
Over the next seven minutes, Providence went on a 17-4 run taking a 54-48 lead with 8:26 on the clock when Providence’s Vincent Council knocked down a three. Benkovic answered Council’s three with a three from the corner with 8:14 on the clock. Benkovic’s three started a 49ers 7-0 run capped off by a short jumper by Braswell giving the 49ers a 55-54 lead with 6:33 on the clock.
However, that would be the 49ers last lead as Providence went on a 6-0 run over the next minute and half taking the lead for good.
Welcome to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation!
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 of contributions with a matching gift.
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.