The Charlotte 49ers (13-15, 7-10 C-USA) used a three-point shot at the buzzer from Jon Davis to propel themselves past the UTSA Roadrunners (12-18, 7-10) 76-75 Thursday night in San Antonio, Texas, having four players scoring in double digits.
With just four seconds to go the full length of the court, Davis received the inbound from Anthony Vanhook, sprinted up the middle of the court and knocked down the three-point shot in front of two UTSA defenders to give Charlotte the one-point victory on the road. Before that play, Davis had been going through a rough patch and actually sat on the bench for three minutes late in the half while he struggled at the free throw line (4-of-12), checking back in to the ball game with just eight seconds remaining.
Charlotte was led by Davis and Braxton Ogbueze who both recorded 17 points, as Vanhook added in 16 points and nine rebounds. Andrien White rounded off the four double-digit scorers with 10 points and five rebounds.
Vanhook helped get Charlotte out to an early lead in San Antonio, as he got six early points, followed by back-to-back dunks from Najee Garvin to give the 49ers a 15-11 lead at the 12:01 mark.
UTSA didn’t allow for Charlotte to take the momentum on the road, as the Roadrunners used a three from Gino Littles to tie the game, 20-20, with 7:50 remaining in the first half.
Braxton Ogbueze answered for the 49ers with back-to-back threes, marking for two of his five threes on the night. Neck and neck over the next few minutes, Charlotte used a layup from Vanhook to go up 38-37, but Giovanni De Nicolao knocked down a shot in the paint with two seconds left in the first half to give the Roadrunners a one-point lead heading into halftime.
Throughout the first half, there were seven ties and 17 lead changes and the second half proved to play the same as the first.
Charlotte came out as the aggressor in the second half, scoring seven of the first 10 points in the half. But as the 49ers attempted to pull away, UTSA took a 51-50 lead after knocking down shots on straight possessions. Charlotte then went on a 5-0 run behind back-to-back threes from Ogbueze.
After a 13-1 run by the Roadrunners, Charlotte trailed 64-57 with 6:22 remaining in the game. After a couple made baskets from each team, the 49ers went on a 9-0 run to take a 71-70 lead after a made jumper from White with 1:04 left.
With the momentum swaying to Charlotte, the Roadrunners responded with four-straight points to take a three-point lead. Davis got to the free throw line with five seconds to go in regulation, knocking down a pair of free throws to cut the lead to one, 73-74.
After a quick foul, Charlotte sent Jeff Beverly to the line for UTSA, who missed the first free throw and then hit the second shot at the charity stripe to put the Roadrunners up by two with four seconds to go.
Four seconds proved to much time for Davis and the 49ers, winning the game in dramatic fashion at the buzzer, Davis’ second buzzer-beater of the season.
Charlotte will stay in Texas as they travel to El Paso to take on UTEP for the final game of the 2016-2017 season at 3 p.m. The 49ers currently sit at ninth in the Conference USA standings.