Charlotte loses C-USA Opener 89-58

49ers finish the 2017 year with a loss on the road

| December 31, 2017

Jon Davis drives to the basket against Wake Forest. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte (4-8, 0-1) finished their final game in 2017 with a loss to Old Dominion (10-3, 1-0) 89-58. The Niners allowed a season-high 89 points. Charlotte got off to a slow start and could not bring it back before the game got out of control.

After starting the season off 3-2, The Niners have lost six of their last seven games falling to a 4-8 record and 0-1 in conference play. Charlotte is currently on a 6-game road trip and is 1-4 during the stretch.

The 49ers had a rough first half as they combined to shoot 6-for-26 from the field and 0-for-7 from the 3-point line, which lead to Charlotte only scoring 16 points in the first half. Jon Davis lead the Niners with six points in the first half.

Charlotte scored the first two points of the game when Jailan Haslem scored off of a put-back layup. That two-point lead was the only time Charlotte lead in the game as Old Dominion went on a 13-0 run and never looked back. Charlotte came as close as down 19-11 with 8:37 left in the first half but Old Dominion finished the half strong with a 23-5 run and lead 42-16 at half.

The 49ers shot better in the second half making 10 of their 26 shots from the field, 5-for-10 from the 3-point line and 17-for-25 from the free throw line. Andrien White scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half.

Charlotte only had two players in double figures. The Niners were lead by starting guard, Andrien White, who scored 23 points off of 7-for-12 shooting, 3-for-5 from behind the arc and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Junior guard, Jon Davis, was the only other player to score in double figures with 10 points.

Old Dominion had four of their five starters score in double digits and were led by Ahmad Caver who scored 22 points off of 8-for-13 shooting. B.J Stith, Randy Haynes and Trey Porter scored 16 points each for the Monarchs. Old Dominion finished the game with a good stat line; 31-58 from the field, 7-15 from the 3-point line and 20-26 from the free throw line.

Charlotte was out-rebounded 43-34 in the game but the Niners edged the Monarchs with two more offensive rebounds which lead to more second chance points opportunities. White and Bryant Thomas lead the 49ers with six rebounds each. Charlotte had five players get at least four rebounds in the game.

The Niners finished the game with 22 turnovers and 16 made field goals, which is not a good formula for winning basketball.

Charlotte, looking to improve in 2018, continue their six-game road trip into Texas when they play their next C-USA game against North Texas on Thursday Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.

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