The Charlotte 49ers (8-4) play North Carolina A&T (3-10) in their final non-conference game, Saturday, January 4 at 7 pm. The game will broadcast in the Charlotte area on WCCB Charlotte.
The 49ers are 18-4 since the 1991-92 season in their final non-conference home game. The 49ers are 16-6 since the 1991-92 season in their final non-conference game. Since the 2000-01 season, the 49ers are 10-3 in their final non-conference home game. Since the 2000-01 season, the 49ers are 9-4 in their final non-conference game. Last season, Charlotte defeated UNC Asheville, 71-63 in overtime, in Halton Arena in their final non-conference game, January 2, 2013.
Last time out, Charlotte lost to Georgia Tech, 58-55, December 29. The 49ers found themselves down nine points (51-42) with 3:01 left in the second half. The 49ers went on a 13-4 run over the next 2:50 tying the score at 55 when Shawn Lester knocked down a three from the top of the key with 10 seconds on the clock. Georgia Tech’s Trae Golden knocked down a three with four seconds left giving Georgia Tech the win. Pierria Henry nearly sent the game into overtime as he made a three-pointer from the top of the key but after the officials reviewed the shot it was shown to leave his hands barely after the clock hit zero. Denzel Ingram recorded his first career 20-point scoring game with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field. Willie Clayton recorded his 11th straight double-figure scoring game with 11 points. Clayton also grabbed nine rebounds. Henry dished out seven assists.
Lester has scored in double-figures in 10 of Charlotte’s 12 games this season. Lester (13.8 ppg) leads the 49ers in scoring. Clayton (11.9 ppg), Terrence Williams (10.9 ppg), Henry (10.4 ppg) and Mike Thorne (10.3 ppg) round out the 49ers double-figure scorers. Ingram averages 9.2 points per game. Henry leads Conference USA in steals per game at 2.55. Clayton is third in Conference USA in rebounding at 9.6 boards per game. Clayton leads Conference USA in offensive rebounds (5.2 per game). Ben Cherry has knocked down 22 threes in the last nine games. Cherry is second in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (50.0%). Clayton leads Conference in field goal percentage (62.2%). Marcus Bryan has given the 49ers solid production off the bench this season so far.
North Carolina A&T has three players averaging double-figures led by Lamont Middleton’s 17.9 points per game. Richaud Pack averages 16.5 points per game. Bruce Beckford averages 12.5 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game.
Saturday’s game will mark the ninth meeting between Charlotte and North Carolina A&T. The 49ers have won all eight of the previous meetings including a 102-39 victory over North Carolina A&T in their last game which was played in Halton Arena, November 24, 2003.
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS - Since Willie Clayton joined the 49ers program, Charlotte has had more offensive rebounds than their opponent 26 times over his 45 game career. This season, Clayton averages 5.2 offensive rebounds per game. Comments by Michigan Coach John Beilein on Clayton’s offensive rebounding: “I don’t know if I’ve seen a better offensive rebounder in all these years. That kid (Willie Clayton) is unbelievable.”
FINAL NON-CONFERENCE GAME - The 49ers are 18-4 since the 1991-92 season in their final non-conference home game. The 49ers are 16-6 since the 1991-92 season in their final non-conference game. Since the 2000-01 season, the 49ers are 10-3 in their final non-conference home game. Since the 2000-01 season, the 49ers are 9-4 in their final non-conference game. Last season, Charlotte defeated UNC Asheville, 71-63 in overtime, in Halton Arena in their final non-conference game, January 2, 2013.
STATISTICAL LEADERS - Willie Clayton is sixth in the NCAA in double-doubles with seven. He is third in Conference USA in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and first offensive rebounds per game (5.2 off. rpg). Pierria Henry leads Conference USA and ranks 16th in the nation in steals per game (2.55 spg). Ben Cherry is tied for second in Conference USA in three-point field goals percentage (50.0%).
SHOOTING 60% FROM THE FIELD - Charlotte was 19-for-31 from the field for 61.3% in the first half of the 49ers win over USC Upstate (December 21). This marked the second time this season that the 49ers have shot over 60% in a half. The 49ers went 16-for-26 from the field for 61.5% in their win over Elon (November 15).
REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENTS - Charlotte captured the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title with wins over 2013 Big 12 regular-season champs Kansas State (W, 68-61), 2013 CAA regular-season champs Northeastern (W, 86-77) and 2013 National Runner-Up 13th-ranked Michigan (W, 63-61). The 49ers are 66-48 all-time in regular-season tournaments. Last season, the 49ers captured the Great Alaska Shootout title. Charlotte has now captured 18 regular-season tournament titles. The 49ers won three games to capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title and the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout title which marks the only two times in school history that the 49ers have won three games to capture a regular-season tournament title. . Prior to winning the Great Alaska Shootout title, the 49ers’ last tournament title was the 2004 Cable Car Classic.
vs. National Title Game Participants - Charlotte defeated 2013 National Runner-Up Michigan, 63-61, in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title game (November 24). This marked the seventh time that the 49ers have played a participant in the NCAA Tournament Championship game the season after their appearance. Charlotte is 2-5 against those teams. Charlotte defeated 2003 National Champion Syracuse on the road (96-92), November 26, 2003. Charlotte lost to 2002 NCAA Runner-Up Indian on the road, 70-60, January 4, 2003. Charlotte lost to 1991 National Champs Duke on the road, 104-82, January 18, 1992. The 49ers lost to 1990 National Runner-up Duke on the road, 111-94, December 1, 1990. The 49ers lost to 1983 National Champ NC State, 79-60, December 2, 1983. Then, the 49ers lost to 1974 National Champs NC State, 103-80, March 3, 1975.
PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM - Shawn Lester was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 38 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in helping the 49ers capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. Lester scored 20 points off the bench in the 49ers Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinals victory over Northeastern (November 22).
overtime - The 49ers lost to Davidson, 87-78, in overtime (December 4). This marked the 49ers first overtime games this season. The 49ers are now 27-35 all-time in overtime games. Charlotte has now played at least one overtime game in each of the last six seasons. Charlotte played in a school-record five overtime games during the 2010-11 season. The last time Charlotte played Georgia Tech, the 49ers defeated Georgia Tech, 86-83, in double overtime, January 2, 2011.
CONFERENCE USA HIstory - The 49ers, who were an original member of Conference USA from 1995-2005, have returned to the league after spending the last eight years in the Atlantic 10. During the 49ers time in Conference USA, Charlotte captured two Conference USA Tournament titles (1999 and 2001) and a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular-season title. During the 49ers 10 years in Conference USA, Charlotte made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and one trip to the NIT. The 49ers compiled an overall record of 191-117 and a Conference USA record of 99-57 from 1995-2005. Six times the 49ers won 20 games during their previous time in Conference USA. Two former 49ers standouts (DeMarco Johnson - 1998 and Eddie Basden - 2005) were named Conference USA Player of the Year. Former 49ers coach Melvin Watkins was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 1997. Basden earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors twice (2004 and 2005). Rodney White was the 2001 Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Seven different 49ers earned first-team All-Conference USA honors. Galen Young was named Conference USA Tournament MVP in 1999 and Rodney White was named Conference USA Tournament MVP in 2001.
POINTS IN THE PAINT - The 49ers outscored ETSU, 38-32, College of Charleston, 42-28, Elon 42-28 and UNC Asheville 38-22 in the paint. In the Michigan game, each team scored 22 points in the paint. Charlotte outscored Appalachian State 54-28 on points in the paint. The 49ers 54 points in the paint were the most points that the 49ers have scored in the paint since scoring 56 points in a 95-66 win over Gardner-Webb, December 12, 2009. The 49ers oustcored Georgia Tech 22-20 on points in the paint. Charlotte has now outscored their opponents on points in the paint 33 times in the last 45 games. This stats coincides with the arrival of Willie Clayton since Charlotte has played 45 games since Clayton has joined the team as a freshman last season.
DOUBLES-DOUBLES - Charlotte recorded 12 double-doubles last season. This season, the 49ers have nine doubles-doubles already. Willie Clayton is fourth in the NCAA with seven double-doubles this season. Clayton recorded the 49ers first double-double this season with 19 points and 13 rebounds at the College of Charleston (November 12). Clayton recorded his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Elon (November 15). Shawn Lester recorded his first career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Elon (November 15). Willie Clayton recorded his third straight double-doubles with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State (November 21). Mike Thorne recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career 11 rebounds against Kansas State. Clayton recorded a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds against Michigan (November 24). Clayton scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against UNC Asheville (December 1). Clayton recorded his sixth double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Davidson (December 4). Clayton scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds at Appalachian State (December 8).