Norm with fans during a game. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte won a hard fought road game on Thursday night by a last-second tip-in from Milos Supica to give the Niners a 70-68 victory over North Texas (9-7, 2-1 C-USA). The Serbian big man scored the game winning put-back off of a missed 3-point shot from Andrien White. With this victory, Charlotte moves to a 5-8 record on the season and have won their first conference game of the season.

The game was very close for all 40 minutes, as neither team lead by more than nine points. North Texas had their largest lead of the game with 1:11 remaining when the score was 67-63. Charlotte responded with a three-point play from Jon Davis off of a hard driving layup, which cut the lead to 67-66. Charlotte took the lead with 27 seconds remaining with a tip-in from Supica off of a missed jumper from Davis.

With Charlotte leading 68-67, the Niners fouled North Texas with eight seconds left and sent Allante Holston to the line for the Mean Green. Holston would make the first free throw but missed the next which lead to Supica making the game winner for the Niners.

Charlotte had an average shooting night, as the 49ers combined to shoot 24-for-64, 5-for-24 from the 3-point line and 17-for-24 from the free throw line. The Niners had three players in double figures, including White with 23, Davis with 15 and Supica off the bench with 11. These three players combined to shoot 16-for-44, 4-for-15 from the 3-point line and 13-for-16 from the free throw line.

The Niners were out-rebounded 41-39 but Charlotte edged the Mean Green on offensive rebounds 12-9, which was very crucial for Charlotte’s victory. White and Supica tallied nine rebounds each and Najee Garvin contributed eight rebounds. The three leading rebounders for the game combined to grab nine offensive rebounds and 17 defensive rebounds. White also recorded a game-high 3 steals.

North Texas had three starters score in double figures. Roosevelt Smart came into tonight’s game as the leading scorer, averaging 18.3 points per game, for the Mean Green and was held to 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Ryan Woolridge lead the game with 11 assists.

Ever since the departure of Hudson Price, Charlotte has been lead by junior Andrien White over the last four games. During that span, White has averaged 23 points per game on 51 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. Over the last four games, White has also averaged seven rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

Charlotte will finish their six-game road trip when they travel to Houston, Texas to play Rice on Saturday Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.