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GAME NOTES: Charlotte Hosts George Washington
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          Release: 02/21/2012
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   Charlotte (12-13; 4-8) v. George Washington (9-17; 4-8)

Wed.; Feb. 22 at Halton Arena (9,105); Charlotte, N.C.; 7:30 p.m.

49ers Radio Network: Matt Swierad, Lanny Ford

ESPN 730, Charlotte

Game #26:

Charlotte (12-13; 4-8) vs. George Washington (9-17; 4-8)

All-Time Series Record:  Charlotte trails, 10-14

      3-9 vs. GW in A-10 regular-season games (H: 3-3; A: 0-6)

      GW defeated Charlotte, 60-52, earlier this season in D.C.

About George Washington (RPI: 175): 

Charlotte and GW are tied for 11th in the A-10 standings

GW has lost 6 of the last 7 since a 60-52 home victory over the 49ers

      The one win:  69-67 at Richmond two weeks ago

The Colonials are 2-9 on the road, 1-5 in A-10 road games

GW is led by guard Tony Taylor (13.7 ppg; 116 asts).

GW averages 63.0 points and shoot .425 from the field; .342 3FG%

THE HEADLINES

The Charlotte 49ers (12-13; 4-8, A-10) host George Washington, Wednesday to open a three-game homestand.  Charlotte and George Washington are tied for 11th in the Atlantic 10 at 4-8.  Charlotte has won two of its last four league games and has more wins (12) and more A-10 wins (4) than last year.

CLUBBING: Chris Braswell is 8 points shy of joining the 49ers 1000-Point Club.  He would become the 24th player in school history to score 1000 points.  The last 49er, and the last junior, to join the 49ers' 1000-Point Club was Leemire Goldwire, in 2007.  He finished his career with 1677 points in 2008.  Deuce Briscoe scored his 1000th collegiate point this year, as well -- 535 of which came as a freshman at NC Central.

     The last power frontcourt player to join the club was Curtis Withers, who finished up in 2006 with 1750 points.

     Braswell, who ranks 10th in the A-10 in scoring and 6th in rebounding, joins Fordham's Chris Gaston and St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson as the only players to rank in the A-10 top 10 of both.  Braswell ranks 5th in scoring in A-10 games only (16.4)

KEY STRETCH: Charlotte enters a key three-game homestand. The 49ers (4-8) face George Washington (4-8), St. Bonaventure (6-6) and La Salle (7-5). Charlotte is tied with George Washington for 10th in the A-10 standings, two games behind St. Bonaventure and three back of La Salle (7-5).

TOP A-10 Rookie: Freshman Pierria Henry, a two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, was tabbed by ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil as the A-10 Rookie of the Year, when A-10 play began.  He has broken the 49ers 28-year old single-season freshman record for steals (64) and ranks 4th in the NCAA with 2.9/gm.  He averages 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals -- on pace for the A-10 freshman steals record of 2.8 set by Temple's Pepe Sanchez in 1996-97.

JB FOR THREE: Javarris Barnett has been lighting up A-10 foes.  In A-10 games, Barnett scores 13.3 points with a  .496 FG% and a .450 3FG%.  He ranks 3rd in A-10 games with 2.3 3FG/gm.  He is especially effective at home, where he is averaging 19.0 points over the last five games (w/27 v. Xavier (7-8 3FG); 23 vs. SLU (9-14 FG).

OF LATE:

Charlotte has won two of its last four, holding its two victims under 70 points and under 40% shooting.  The four A-10 wins doubles last year A-10 total.  Charlotte has also won two of its last four home games.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

At 12-13; 4-8 in A-10, the 49ers have passed last year's overall and A-10 win totals (10-20; 2-14).

Pierria Henry (4th in NCAA in steals) has had at least one steal in every game and multiple steals in 20 games.  He has broken the 49ers 28-year old freshman record with 64 steals.

Chris Braswell (992); Derrio Green (942); are #24; #27 all-time in scoring.  Braswell needs 8 to be 24th 49ers to reach 1000.

Javarris Barnett (124) is #14 all-time in three-pointers, 4 shy of #13 Lamont Mack, 128

WHO'S HOT:

Javarris Barnett:  Last 5 home games:  19.0 ppg

DeMario Mayfield:  Double-doubles in 3 of his last 5

Deuce Briscoe:  Double figs in 4 of last 5

Chris Braswell:  Last 4 A-10 road games: 20.5 ppg

PEEKING AHEAD:

Charlotte hosts St. Bonaventure, Saturday

Saturday will be Senior Day for the 49ers, as Charlotte honors

     Javarris Barnett and Derrio Green

It will be the 2nd game in a three-game homestand

LOOKING BACK: RECAP LAST GAME:

The 49ers missed three shots in the closing seconds, including two putback attempts as time expired in a 53-52 loss at Richmond.  Chris Braswell notched his sixth double-double of the year with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Charlotte rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to momentarily take the lead, before Richmond claimed the key A-10 win and a split of the season play.

BRAZ ATTACK: Junior Chris Braswell, who had his sixth double-double of the season at Richmond, leads the 49ers with a 15.2 scoring average, 7.5 rebounds and .441 field goal pct.  (A-10: 16.4 ppg; 7.3 rpg; .489 FG%). His 29 blocks are a new single-season high.  He's scored in double digits in 20 games with six double-doubles and five games of 20 or more points. He ranks 13th all-time with 654 career rebounds and is 6th all-time with 21 career double-doubles. He has moved into the 49ers all-time top 25 at #24 with 992 career points.

MAYFIELD EMERGES: Sophomore DeMario Mayfield has posted three double-doubles in his last five games.  He's scored in double figures in 8 of his last 10.  In A-10 games, he leads the 49ers with 8.3 rebounds per game -- and has pulled double digit boards in each of his last three games. He shares the team lead with six double-double and ranks 7th in the A-10 with 7.0 boards.

DEFENSE:

Charlotte is 9-2 when holding foes under 40%, including in its last two wins:  Rhode Island (.354); Fordham (.309).  The 49ers are 8-2 when holding opponents under 65 points.

GRAND THEFT:

Charlotte ranks in the top 25 in steals per game (8.6; 21st) and Pierria Henry (2.8; 4th) ranks in the top 5.

  HIGHS: Team:  13 vs. Davidson; at Saint Joseph's

               Individual: 6, Derrio Green vs. Davidson

               5, Pierria Henry vs. ETSU; SLU; URI

FRESHMAN STEALS RECORD:

With 64 steals, Pierria Henry has broken the 49ers freshman steals record.  He is just the third 49ers freshman with 50 thefts. Keith Williams set the freshman record at 54 in 1983-84. Phil Ward also had 51 as a frosh in 1978-79.

STARTING GUARDS:

Pierria Henry is the 49ers starting point guard as a freshman.  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

PAINT POWER:

Charlotte scored 50 points in the paint in the win against Richmond, including 32 of 34 first half points.  The 49ers made a season-low one three-pointer on just six attempts.  Javarris Barnett, who ranked in the A-10's top 10 last year in three-point shooting, hit 9-of-11 shots for 22 points, and attempted just one three-pointer.

YOUNG ROSTER:

The Charlotte 49ers have one of the nation's top 20 youngest rosters.  Charlotte's roster of 13 players has a total of 18 years of collegiate playing experience, counting junior college years (1.38 avg. per player).

Players    Total Exp. Avg.      49ers Exp.    Avg.

   13         18 years    1.38      14 years        1.08

BRASWELL MAKING MARK:  With 992 career points and 654 career rebounds in his third year, Chris Braswell is on his way up the career charts.  He could become just the 8th player in school history to record 1000 points and 750 rebounds.  Only three 49ers in school history have posted 1000 of each:

     Cedric Maxwell (1824 p; 1117 r)

     Jarvis Lang (1855 p; 1047 r)

     Curtis Withers (1750 p; 1042 r)

BRASWELL'S CAREER NIGHT:

Chris Braswell scored a career-high 31 points at UMass.  Braswell hit 9-of-15 shots, including 3-of-5 threes and made 10-of-11 foul shots.  He added 9 boards.  It is the most points scored by a 49er this year and the most since Shamari Spears had 31 vs. George Washington, 2/3/10.

TURNAROUND:

Reversed results from last season:

Opponent                 10-11            11-12

at ECU                  L, 62-61       W, 76-64

Davidson               L, 82-66       W, 84-61

vs. Richmond        L, 72-59       W, 75-70

Saint Joseph's      L, 71-70       W, 57-52

Rhode Island    L, 71-70 ot       W, 73-66

Career-Best 20+: The 49ers have had three different players score a career-high of over points this semester.  Javarris Barnett had a career-high 27 vs. Xavier, DeMario Mayfield scored a career-high 25 points vs. Kennesaw State, and Chris Braswell scored his career-high of 31 at UMass.  The 49ers have 10 20-point games: Braswell 5; Barnett 4; Mayfield 1

BIG WIN/LITTLE WIN:

     OFFENSE:

Charlotte is 9-3 when it scores 70 or more points and is 9-3 when it shoots over 40%, including a 3-0 mark over 50%:

        .558     at Wright State (W, 70-66)

        .527      vs. Richmond (W, 75-70)

        .518     vs. Davidson (W, 84-61)

     DEFENSE:

Charlotte is 9-2 when opponents have been held under 40% shooting and 8-2 when opponents were held under 65 points, including three held under 60 points

        W, 57-52 vs. Saint Joseph's

        W, 57-49 at Radford

        W, 73-57 vs. NC Central

A LOOK INSIDE THE STATS:

Charlotte has lost the last two games in which it shot 50% from the field (.543 vs. SLU, L, 68-67; .500 at La Salle, L, 85-72)

Charlotte has a +4.8 (+58) rebounding margin in its 12 wins; a -5.0 (-65) margin in its 13 losses

Derrio Green ranks 8th all-time with a .800 career free throw pct.

Terrence Williams pulled 9 rebounds in his first 9 collegiate games (1.0).  In his last 9 collegiate games, he has pulled 39 rebounds (4.3)

The 49ers have three freshmen averaging over 15.0 minutes in Atlantic 10 games.


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