The Charlotte 49ers (12-6, Conference USA: 3-2) play Rice (5-13, C-USA: 0-5) on the road, Saturday, January 25 at 8 pm.
Last time out, Charlotte lost on the road at Louisiana Tech (80-60) last Thursday. Pierria Henry led the 49ers with 20 points. Willie Clayton recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Shawn Lester scored 10 points off the bench.
Henry leads the 49ers in scoring at 12.6 points per game. Henry also has gone over the 100 assists mark for the second consecutive season with 104 assists. Henry ranks third in Conference USA in assists per game at 6.12. Lester has scored in double-figures 13 times off the bench this season. Lester is second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game. Clayton (11.7 ppg), Terrence Williams (11.2 ppg) and Mike Thorne (10.3 ppg) round out the 49ers double-figure scorers. Denzel Ingram averages 8.9 points per game. Henry leads Conference USA and ranks 17th in the nation in steals per game at 2.35. Clayton is 16th in the NCAA and first in Conference USA in double-doubles with nine. Clayton is third in Conference USA in rebounding at 9.2 boards per game. Clayton leads Conference USA in offensive rebounds (4.44 per game). Ingram leads Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (50.0%). Ben Cherry is second in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (49.2%). Clayton leads Conference USA in field goal percentage (62.5%). Marcus Bryan has given the 49ers solid production off the bench this season so far. In the 49ers last road trip, Bryan grabbed a career-high seven rebounds off the bench at UTEP.
Austin Ramljak leads Rice in scoring at 12.4 points per game. Rice’s Sean Obi leads Conference USA in rebounding at 9.6 boards per game. He also averages 11.8 points per game.
Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between Charlotte and Rice.