The Charlotte 49ers (10-4, Conference USA: 1-0) conclude their Conference USA Texas road trip at UTSA (5-9, C-USA: 1-0), Saturday, January 11 at 4 pm. The game will be broadcast by Time Warner Texas and Niner fans can watch the game in the Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Wilmington areas on Time Warner Cable Channel 520.
Last time out Charlotte defeated UTEP, 73-68, on the road in their Conference USA Opener, Thursday, January 9. The 49ers had four players score in double-figures led by Terrence Williams (16 points) and Mike Thorne with a double-double (16 points and 14 rebounds). Pierria Henry scored 13 points and dished out seven assists. Willie Clayton recorded his 13th straight double-figure scoring game with 10 points. Charlotte finished the game with a 41-27 rebounding advantage.
Shawn Lester has scored in double-figures in 12 of Charlotte’s 14 games this season. Lester (13.4 ppg) leads the 49ers in scoring. Clayton (11.9 ppg), Henry (11.5 ppg), Williams (10.9 ppg) and Thorne (10.9 ppg) round out the 49ers double-figure scorers. Ingram averages 8.6 points per game. Henry leads Conference USA in steals per game at 2.46. Clayton is third in Conference USA in rebounding at 9.2 boards per game. Clayton leads Conference USA in offensive rebounds (4.8 per game). Ben Cherry has knocked down 25 threes in the last 11 games. Cherry leads Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (50.0%). Clayton leads Conference USA in field goal percentage (61.9%). Marcus Bryan has given the 49ers solid production off the bench this season so far. Bryan grabbed a career-high seven rebounds off the bench at UTEP.
UTSA enters Saturday’s game with two victories in their last three games after defeating Marshall, 90-81, at home in their Conference USA opener, Thursday, January 9. UTSA has four players averaging double-figures led by Keon Lewis’ 16 points per game. Lewis scored 23 points off the bench against Marshall. Phillip Jones leads UTSA in rebounding at 6.0 boards per game.
Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between Charlotte and UTSA.