CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte 49ers (5-1) put their four-game winning streak on the line when they face UNC Asheville (1-6) in Halton Arena, Sunday, December 1 at 6 pm.
Charlotte returns to Halton Arena after winning three games last week to capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. The 49ers defeated 13th-ranked Michigan, 63-61, in the Championship game. Terrence Williams, who scored eight points in the game, scored the game-winning basket with one second on the clock. Willie Clayton recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds in the game. Denzel Ingram scored 12 points off the bench. Pierria Henry scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists.
Henry has scored in double-figure in all six of Charlotte’s games this season. Mike Thorne and Shawn Lester have scored in double-figures in five of Charlotte’s six games. Lester (15.2 ppg) and Henry (13.8 ppg) rank among Conference USA leaders in scoring. Henry leads Conference USA in steals per game at 3.00. Clayton has four double-doubles this season. Clayton leads Conference USA in rebounding at 10.2 boards per game. Ben Cherry knocked down nine threes in the 49ers three games in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Marcus Bryan has given the 49ers solid production off the bench this season so far.
Sunday’s game against UNC Asheville will mark the 14th meeting between the two teams. The 49ers have won nine of the 13 previous meetings including seven straight. Charlotte defeated UNC Asheville, 71-63, in overtime in their last meeting which came in Halton Arena, January 2, 2013. Clayton led the 49ers with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in that game.
Free admission to the game for youth (17-and-under) with a paid adult admission.
REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENTS - Charlotte captured the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title with wins over 2013 Big 12 regular-season champs Kansas State (W, 68-61), 2013 CAA regular-season champs Northeastern (W, 86-77) and 2013 National Runner-Up 13th-ranked Michigan (W, 63-61). The 49ers are 66-48 all-time in regular-season tournaments. Last season, the 49ers captured the Great Alaska Shootout title. Charlotte has now captured 18 regular-season tournament titles. The 49ers won three games to capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title and the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout title which marks the only two times in school history that the 49ers have won three games to capture a regular-season tournament title. . Prior to winning the Great Alaska Shootout title, the 49ers’ last tournament title was the 2004 Cable Car Classic.
vs. National Title Game Participants - Charlotte defeated 2013 National Runner-Up Michigan, 63-61, in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title game (November 24). This marked the seventh time that the 49ers have played a participant in the NCAA Tournament Championship game the season after their appearance. Charlotte is 2-5 against those teams. Charlotte defeated 2003 National Champion Syracuse on the road (96-92), November 26, 2003. Charlotte lost to 2002 NCAA Runner-Up Indian on the road, 70-60, January 4, 2003. Charlotte lost to 1991 National Champs Duke on the road, 104-82, January 18, 1992. The 49ers lost to 1990 National Runner-up Duke on the road, 111-94, December 1, 1990. The 49ers lost to 1983 National Champ NC State, 79-60, December 2, 1983. Then, the 49ers lost to 1974 National Champs NC State, 103-80, March 3, 1975.
PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM - Shawn Lester was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 38 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in helping the 49ers capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. Lester scored 20 points off the bench in the 49ers Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinals victory over Northeastern (November 22).
SEASON OPENER - The 49ers are 3-1 in season-openers under Major (W, 80-75 ETSU this season, W, 68-58 over Charleston Southern last season; W, 73-57 over North Carolina Central in 2011-12 and L, 78-70 v. Gardner-Webb in 2010-11). Charlotte is 34-15 overall in season openers and 36-13 in their first home game of the season. This marked the 32nd season that the 49ers have opened the season at home -- they are 23-9 in true home openers, with wins in eight of their last nine home openers.
CONFERENCE USA HIstory - The 49ers, who were an original member of Conference USA from 1995-2005, have returned to the league after spending the last eight years in the Atlantic 10. During the 49ers time in Conference USA, Charlotte captured two Conference USA Tournament titles (1999 and 2001) and a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular-season title. During the 49ers 10 years in Conference USA, Charlotte made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and one trip to the NIT. The 49ers compiled an overall record of 191-117 and a Conference USA record of 99-57 from 1995-2005. Six times the 49ers won 20 games during their previous time in Conference USA. Two former 49ers standouts (DeMarco Johnson - 1998 and Eddie Basden - 2005) were named Conference USA Player of the Year. Former 49ers coach Melvin Watkins was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 1997. Basden earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors twice (2004 and 2005). Rodney White was the 2001 Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Seven different 49ers earned first-team All-Conference USA honors. Galen Young was named Conference USA Tournament MVP in 1999 and Rodney White was named Conference USA Tournament MVP in 2001.
POINTS IN THE PAINT - The 49ers outscored ETSU, 38-32, College of Charleston, 42-28, and Elon 42-28 in the paint. In the Michigan game, each team scored 22 points in the paint.Charlotte has now outscored their opponents on points in the paint 30 times in the last 39 games.
Double-Doubles - Charlotte recorded 12 double-doubles last season. Willie Clayton and Pierria Henry tied for the team-lead with four double-doubles last season. This season, the 49ers have six doubles-doubles. already. Willie Clayton has four double-doubles this season. Clayton recorded the 49ers first double-double this season with 19 points and 13 rebounds at the College of Charleston (November 12). Clayton recorded his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Elon (November 15). Shawn Lester recorded his first career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Elon (November 15). Willie Clayton recorded his third straight double-doubles with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State (November 21). Mike Thorne recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career 11 rebouinds against Kasnas State. Clayton recorded a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds against Michigan (November 24).
49ERS IN THE NATIONAL POLL - After the 49ers 5-1 start and victories over Kansas State, Northeastern and 13th-ranked Michigan to capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title, Charlotte received votes in both the AP and Coaches Poll this week. The last time the 49ers received votes in both the AP and Coaches Poll in the same week, December 21, 2009. The last time the 49ers received votes in the AP Poll, February 8, 2010. The last time the 49ers received votes in the Coaches Poll, February 15, 2010. The last time the 49ers were ranked in the AP Poll was March 8, 2005 where the 49ers were ranked 25th. During the 1997-98 season, the 49ers were ranked 17th in the AP Poll which is the highest ranking in school history.
STARTING GUARDS - Pierria Henry has been the 49ers starting point guard the last three years. 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
OVERTIME - The 49ers defeated UNC Asheville, 71-63, in overtime, January 2, 2013. This marked the 49ers first overtime game since a double overtime 77-75 win at Central Michigan, November 15, 2011. Charlotte defeated Duquesne, 89-87, in overtime, March 6, 2013. With the overtime wins last season over UNC Asheville and Duquesne, the 49ers are now 27-34 all-time in overtime games. Charlotte has now played at least one overtime game in each of the last five seasons. Charlotte played in a school-record five overtime games during the 2010-11 season.