PREVIEW: 49ers take on Thundering Herd in last home game of the season

| February 25, 2017

Anthony Vanhook finishing at the rim around a WKU defender. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers (12-14, 6-9 C-USA) will be back in Halton Arena as they take on the Marshall Thundering Herd (15-13, 8-7 C-USA) Saturday at 6 p.m. The 49ers will black out the Mine as they honor the seniors at this season’s last home game. Charlotte will also honor the 1977 Final Four team, including a visit from Celtic-great and 49er-great, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell.

The two teams met earlier in the season as Charlotte fell to Marshall, 110-93. During their last battle, Charlotte’s offense was on fire with seven 49ers scoring double-figures but they could not contain Marshall’s Jon Elmore, who led the Herd’s offense with 28 points and nine assists.

Keeping the Momentum

Charlotte is looking to keep their momentum as they come off Thursday’s big win against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. With four players in double-figures, Charlotte’s offense continues to thrive. Sophomore guard Jon Davis led the way with 23 points and was 3-6 from behind the arch. Davis is Charlotte’s leading scorer, averaging 20 points per game.

Senior Braxton Ogbueze followed Davis with 16 points against the Hilltoppers and continues to be a three-point threat for the 49ers, shooting 40 percent from behind the arch. Fellow senior, Anthony Vanhook, led the Niners with a career-high 20 points in their last match-up against Marshall, so look for Vanhook be a key player to watch in this upcoming game.

Scouting Marshall

Junior guard, Jon Elmore is heading the Thundering Herd, averaging 19 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Austin Loop has been another contributing junior guard for the Herd and dropped 18 points in Marshall’s latest game, a loss to Old Dominion.

In the last half of the season, forward Terrence Thompson has been a big presence inside the paint for the Thundering Herd. At 6-foot-7, Thompson dominated down low with 12 points and six boards against Old Dominion.

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