With Jon Davis seemingly getting back in his own rhythm and dropping 25, the Niners had three in double figures, but this would not be enough to give Charlotte (5-12, 1-5 C-USA) a second conference win. FAU (9-9, 3-3 C-USA) would come out on top at a score of 75-64.
Davis lead the 49ers with his 25 points, tallying his 23rd 2o-point scoring game and his 57th double-figure scoring game as well as grabbing four rebounds. Austin Ajukwa would be just behind with 14 points and a solid eight rebounds. Milos Supica also reached double figures coming off of the bench, scoring 12 points for Charlotte.
Florida Atlantic would not differ too much, with four in double figures. Justin Massey led with 19 points.
After beginning the game at a score of 4-0, Charlotte came back and tied the game at 10 with a basket from Ajukwa almost five minutes into play.
After the 12th minute of the half, the Niners were down 24-15 but responded with a 10-2 run to bring their deficit to only one, at 26-25. Luka Vasic, Supica, Davis and Ajukwa with two free throws at the end of the run, would all contribute.
The first half would conclude with a score of 38-27.
Almost two and a half minutes into the second half FAU was leading 42-29. Four points from Davis and a three from Ryan Murphy cut the lead to 42-36 before the 15-minute mark.
Florida Atlantic then went on an 8-2 run to bring their lead up to 12 points. Upon the last 12 minutes of the game, Charlotte would score 12 of the next 18 points to get the Niners as close as they would get the rest of the night after a score by Davis brought the score to 56-50.
Charlotte was outscored 38-27 in the first half, but would try rising to the occasion in the second half scoring an equal number of points to FAU at 37.
Florida Atlantic scored 22 of their points off of Charlotte turnovers while the Niners would add 17 points off of FAU turnovers.
“In the second half, we did get our offense going, but we did turn the ball over and those are things that are biting us right now. We’ve got to take care of the ball, value possession. There are a lot of things that are under our control that we’ve got to work on strengthening up a little bit,” said coach Houston Fancher.
Charlotte will play a second game on the road at FIU, Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.