The Charlotte 49ers (12-5, Conference USA: 3-1) face Louisiana Tech (15-4, C-USA: 3-1) on the road, Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. The game features two teams that are currently in a five-way tie for second place in Conference USA.
Last time out, Charlotte defeated Tulsa, 76-74, when Terrence Williams scored on a layup at the buzzer last Saturday. Williams led four 49ers in double-figures with 16 points. Willie Clayton recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Pierria Henry scored 14 points and dished out eight assists with five rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. Shawn Lester scored 11 points off the bench.
Lester has scored in double-figures in 13 of Charlotte’s 17 games this season. Lester (12.2 ppg) leads the 49ers in scoring. Henry (12.1 ppg), Clayton (11.8 ppg), Williams (11.6 ppg) and Mike Thorne (10.4 ppg) round out the 49ers double-figure scorers. Denzel Ingram averages 9.5 points per game. Henry leads Conference USA and ranks 15th in the nation in steals per game at 2.44. Clayton is tied for second in Conference USA in rebounding at 9.2 boards per game. Clayton leads Conference USA in offensive rebounds (4.41 per game). Ingram leads Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (52.1%). Ben Cherry is second in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (49.2%). Clayton leads Conference USA in field goal percentage (63.4%). Marcus Bryan has given the 49ers solid production off the bench this season so far. In the 49ers last road trip, Bryan grabbed a career-high seven rebounds off the bench at UTEP.
Louisiana Tech enters the game seven wins in their last eight games. Louisiana Tech lost to Southern Miss, 80-71, on the road in their last game last Sunday. Leading scorer Raheem Appleby will not play in the game due to an injury. Alex Hamilton averages 15 points per game. Chris Anderson averages 10.7 points per game. Michale Kyser leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 boards per game.
Thursday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between Charlotte and Louisiana Tech.