|Green Lights Up UMass in 72-58 Win|
c, in Atlantic 10 action, Saturday night. The win is the 49ers fifth straight and third straight A-10 road win.
Green hit five three-pointers in the first half and Charlotte enjoyed a 15-0 run to take a 21-9 lead midway through the half. UMass would get as close as four but a Green breakaway gave Charlotte a 34-26 halftime lead.
In the second half, Green didn't hit his first basket until the 6:23 mark, but junior center Phil Jones scored seven straight points on two foul line jumpers and his 2nd three-pointer of the season to spark a decisive 15-3 run. UMass had started the second half strong behind guard Ricky Harris and were within one, 37-36 after Harris' driving layup.
After an An'Juan Wilderness bucket for the 49ers Jones knocked down consecutive jumpers and then hit his three-pointer to give Charlotte a 10-point lead, 46-36. After two Green free throws, the 49ers led 52-39. A Green three-pointer pushed the lead to 17, 58-41, with 6:26 to play and the 49ers hit enough free throws down the stretch to win.
The 49ers (16-5; 6-1) have now won three straight A-10 road games. Green's 34-point effort was his third straight game with 20 or more points. Jones finished with 12 points for the 49ers, who shot 40% from the field, but 43% from three-point range. Charlotte held UMass to 34% shooting, including 14% from long range.
Charlotte hosts George Washington, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.