In a high scoring affair, the 49ers could not take down the Thundering Herd as Charlotte falls 91–83. This is Charlotte’s first conference home game of the season and their third loss in conference play. Marshall improved their conference record to 3–1.
Despite the loss, Charlotte junior Jon Davis scored a Halton Arena record 38 points. The previous record was 36 points set by Leemire Goodwire on January 16, 2008 against Saint Josephs. Davis also tallied six rebounds and four assists. Junior Jailan Haslam recorded his first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Despite the efforts by Davis and Haslam, only six 49ers scored in the game.
“I think that it is crucial for us we have a small margin of error that everybody on our team that is on the floor needs to make contributions for us,” Charlotte interim coach Houston Fancher said. “We can’t sit around and watch Jon Davis play when Jon gets going like that. We’ve got to have other people step up and make contributions. I thought at moments, we had guys step up but from a consistency basis for us to be able to play especially against a good team like Marshall we’ve got to be really consistent over the course of forty minutes.”
Marshall’s C.J. Burke would lead the Thundering Herd in scoring with a career-high 32 points. Rondale Watson and Jon Elmore would also assist the Herd in their efforts with 20 points and 19 points, respectively.
Marshall would lead the game in points off turnovers with 24 points to Charlotte. Bench points would play a huge factor in Marshall’s victory with the bench scoring 26 points to Charlotte’s five. The Niners however led the game in fast break points with 14 points to Marshall’s eight.
The Thundering Herd got off to a hot start, taking the lead 10–4. From there, the Niners would go on an 8–0 run to take the lead 12–10 with 15 minutes left to play in the first half. With Charlotte leading 14–12 with 13:43 left to play in the first half, Marshall would then go on a 15–2 run to take the lead 27–16 with about 10 minutes left in the half. After that, the 49ers would outscore the Thundering Herd 16–5 to take the lead 34–32 with 3:35 left to play in the first half. Marshall’s C.J. Burks would score six of the next 12 points to give Marshall a 40–38 halftime lead.
Marshall started the second half by scoring three straight three-pointers to extend Marshalls lead with 18:17 left to play in the game. Charlotte would then cut Marshalls lead down to three capped off by two free throws by Garvin. After that, Marshall would score five straight points to extend their lead 61–53 with 13:32 left to play in the game. The Niners would cut Marshalls lead 79–74 behind a three-pointer the Charlotte’s Andrien White but that’s as close as Charlotte would get to trying to come back.
The Charlotte 49ers will return to Halton Arena Saturday, Jan. 13 to take on Conference USA opponent WKU. Tip off is set at 7 p.m.