Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team (7-3) returns home on Saturday, December 21 to take on USC Upstate on Mascot Night hosted by the 49ers own Norm the Niner. Tip is set for 7pm inside Halton Arena. Admission for youth 17 and under is free.

Fans attending the game will not only be entertained by the action on the court, but also by a host of local mascots as part of Mascot Night. Norm the Niner will host Sir Purr (Carolina Panthers), Homer the Dragon (Charlotte Knights), Tim E. Gator (Kannapolis Intimidators), Blaze (Charlotte Fire Department), Harry the Happy Dragon (Harris Teeter), Big Bo (Bojangles'), and the Chick-fil-A cow in Halton Arena.

Individual, group, and partial season flex plans are on sale now. To be part of the action, fans may purchase tickets by visiting the 49ers athletic ticket office located in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center on the campus of UNC Charlotte or calling 704.687.4949. Ticket office hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Fans may also access the 49ers online ticket office by visiting