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          Release: 02/18/2012
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Charlotte putback attempts by Chris Braswell and DeMario Mayfield were off the mark as the Charlotte 49ers suffered a 53-52 Atlantic 10 loss at Richmond, despite a hard-fought comeback effort.

Cedric Lindsay hit a layup with 15.8 seconds left to give Richmond a one-point lead and the 49ers efforts to grab the win missed.

Javarris Barnett's three-point attempt with five seconds left rattled out and Braswell and Mayfield missed on putback efforts.

"It felt good when it left my hands," Barnett said.  "I had a shot.  A clean look.  I just missed.  Braz hit the rim and Mayfield got it right at the buzzer.  I thought it was in."

Braswell finished with a 16-point; 13-rebound double double -- his 6th double-double of the year and the 21st of his career.  Barnett finished with 10 points. 

Charlotte shot 39% while Richmond shot 38%.  Kendall Anthony led all scorers with 17 points for Richmond.  Charlotte won the boards, 37-34, and Pierria Henry came up with three steals as the 49ers forced 19 turnovers. 

Henry had two steals in the closing two minutes, coming up with one to lead to his own breakaway as Charlotte pulled even, 51-51.  He then stole the inbounds pass and hit one of two free throws to give Charlotte its first lead of the second half, 52-51 with 1:24 to play.

Richmond led by as many as 12 in the first half, still led by 10, with 16:50 left in the second half and had an 8-point edge, 38-30 at 11:25 before Charlotte charged back.

"We fought back to get the lead with 46 seconds left.  We fought down the stretch," Barnett added.  "I'm proud of our guys.  We stuck together.  I know my guys are gonna fight to the end."

"This one hurts because you know you had it in your grasp," said 49ers head coach Alan Major.  "The flipside is, you have to be in the fight to win the fight. After not playing all that well in the first half, we took the ame over in the second half. I'd take being in that position."

Charlotte will return home to host George Washington, Wednesday, to open a three-game homestand.

 


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