|Charlotte Falls at Saint Louis, 61-56|
Saint Louis took advantage of the 49ers second half cold spell to take an eight-point lead and even with a 7-0 run by the 49ers, Charlotte could not overtake the Billikens, falling 61-56 on the road.
Charlotte (10-16; A-10: 2-10) shot just 33% in the second half and went scoreless for five and half minutes midway through the second half. After regaining their footing to tie it at 44 with 8:39 left, charlotte scored just five points over the next five minutes, allowing SLU to build its biggest lead of the game, 57-49, with 3:45 to play.
Derrio Green's driving layup and key three-pointer sparked a 7-0 run that brought the 49ers to within one, 57-56, with 2:16 left, but the 49ers could not convert down the stretch as Saint Louis pulled out the home conference win.
Javarris Barnett, who scored 12 first-half points, finished with a team-high 17 points while Green added 13 points. Dwayne Evans led the Billikens with 16 points and 12 rebounds and SLU pulled down 18 offensive boards.
"They kept getting extra possessions," said 49ers head coach Alan Major. "That's one where you've got to toughen up as a team and find a way to come up with the ball."
SLU (9-17; 4-9) scored just 61 points, usually a recipe for success for Charlotte, which was 8-1 when they held an opponent under 65 points. The Billikens shot 42% for the game, while Charlotte shot 39%. The two teams were tied at the half, 31-31. For the 49ers, Barnett's 12 points, and two three-pointers, keyed the first half run.
"He played well," said Major. "We told him to play hard and your shot will find you. He did a nice job and made some nice shots."
Charlotte will travel to George Washington, Wednesday to try to snap the current four-game losing streak.