CHARLOTTE, NC - Willie Clayton and Terrence Williams scored in double-figures, but the Charlotte 49ers (17-6, A-10: 5-4) lost to VCU (19-5, A-10: 7-2), 68-61, for their first loss in Halton Arena this season.
"You have to give VCU credit they are a good team that kept us at bay today," Charlotte coach Alan Major said. "Hopefully, we learned a lesson that we need to continue to raise the level of our play to meet the challenges that we face."
Williams recorded his seventh double-figure of the season with 13 points on five-for-six shooting off the bench. Clayton recorded his tenth double-figure scoring game of the season with 12 points. Pierria Henry tied his career-high with 11 rebounds. He also scored eight points. Chris Braswell and E. Victor Nickerson also each scored eight points apiece in the game.
The 49ers finished the game with a 36-18 advantage in rebounds led by Henry's 11 boards. The 49ers 17 offensive rebounds led to 21 second chance points. For the 18th time this season, the 49ers outscored their opponent on points in the paint with a 42-28 advantage on points in the paint.
VCU began the game by scoring 15 of the first 19 points taking a 15-4 lead just six and half minutes into the game. VCU maintained a lead of 8-10 points for the next five minutes. With just over six and half minutes left in the first half, the 49ers went on a 10-0 tying the score at 22 when Williams knocked down a jumper with 4:12 on the clock. Denzel Ingram, Henry and Nickerson also scored during the 49ers run.
VCU outscored the 49ers, 12-6, over the final four minutes of the half. Charlotte trailed VCU 34-28 at the half.
Charlotte scored four of the first six points of the second half cutting VCU's lead to 36-32 when Henry scored inside at the 18:22 mark. However, that would be as close as the 49ers would get as VCU pushed their lead to nine points after scoring five unanswered points over the next minute.
Charlotte cut VCU's lead to six points, 41-35, when Darion Clark scored inside at the 16:17 mark. That would be as close as Charlotte would get to VCU the rest of the way.
Charlotte scored the game's final four points cutting VCU's final margin of victory to 68-61.
Charlotte returns to the road when the 49ers play at #14 Butler, Wednesday, February 13 at 7 pm.