CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte 49ers (6-1) put their five-game winning streak on the line when they play cross-county rival Davidson (2-5) in Halton Arena, Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm. The winner of the game the Hornet’s Nest Trophy. The game will broadcast in the Charlotte area on WCCB Charlotte.
Last time out, the 49ers defeated UNC Asheville, 77-56, in Halton Arena last Sunday. Shawn Lester led four 49ers in double-figures with 16 points. Denzel Ingram scored 14 points. Willie Clayton recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Thorne scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Pierria Henry grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists.
Henry, Lester and Thorne have scored in double-figure in six of Charlotte’s seven games this season. Lester (15.3 ppg) ranks among Conference USA leaders in scoring. Henry, Ingram, Thorne, Clayton and Terrence Williams join Lester as 49ers that average in double-figures. Henry leads Conference USA in steals per game at 2.57. Clayton has five double-doubles this season. Clayton leads Conference USA in rebounding at 10.4 boards per game. Ben Cherry has knocked down 11 threes in the last four games. Marcus Bryan has given the 49ers solid production off the bench this season so far.
Wednesday’s game will mark the 39th meeting between Charlotte and Davidson. The 49ers lead the all-time series, 28-11. Charlotte is 21-5 all-time at home against Davidson. The 49ers are 7-0 against Davidson in Halton Arena. Charlotte defeated Davidson, 73-69, in their last meeting which came at Davidson, December 5, 2012. Former 49ers standout Chris Braswell led the 49ers with 15 points in that game.
THE HORNET’S NEST TROPHY - Last season, the 49ers defeated cross-county rival Davidson on the road, 73-69, (Dec. 5, 2012) to retain the Hornet’s Nest Trophy, which is given to the winner of the annual game between the two Mecklenburg County rivals. The 49ers now hold a 28-11 series lead over Davidson. The 49ers became the first road team to win in the series since Charlotte defeated Davidson, 87-68, on the road, December 8, 2004. During the American Revolutionary War, British commander General Cornwallis occupied Charlotte but was driven out afterwards by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was “a hornet’s nest of rebellion,” leading to a city nickname: The Hornet’s Nest.
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).
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 has now outscored their opponents on points in the paint 31 times in the last 40 games.
Double-Doubles - Charlotte recorded 12 double-doubles last season. Willie Clayton and Pierria Henry tied for the team-lead with four double-doubles last season. This season, the 49ers have seven doubles-doubles already. Willie Clayton has five 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).
49ERS IN THE NATIONAL POLL - After the 49ers 6-1 start and victories over Kansas State, Northeastern and 13th-ranked Michigan to capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title, Charlotte received votes in both the AP and Coaches Poll for the second straight week. The last time the 49ers received votes in both the AP and Coaches Poll in the same week prior to this season was December 21, 2009. The last time the 49ers received votes in the AP Poll, February 8, 2010. The last time the 49ers received votes in the Coaches Poll, February 15, 2010. The last time the 49ers were ranked in the AP Poll was March 8, 2005 where the 49ers were ranked 25th. During the 1997-98 season, the 49ers were ranked 17th in the AP Poll which is the highest ranking in school history.
STARTING GUARDS - Pierria Henry has been the 49ers’ starting point guard the last three years. Here are the 49ers four-year starting guards that Henry could join, with Keith Williams the only true four-year point guard: Chad Kinch, 1977-80; Phil Ward, 1979-82; Keith Williams, 1984-87; Henry Williams, 1989-92; Jobey Thomas, 1999-02