Jon Davis led Charlotte (5-21, 1-14 C-USA) with 20 points, three rebounds, and six assists, but the 49ers fell to Western Kentucky (21-7, 13-2 C-USA), 93-55, on the road.
Charlotte had three players in double figures: Davis, Jailan Haslem and Milos Supica. Haslem had 11 points and five rebounds. Supica added 11 points and led both teams in rebounds with 11, seven of which were offensive rebounds.
Western Kentucky had six players in double-figures led by Josh Anderson’s 19 points. Justin Johnson scored 16 points while shooting 7-of-12 from the field. Dwight Coleby added 12 points and seven rebounds. Darius Thompson and Taveion Hollingsworth also scored 12 points each. Lamonte Bearden added 10 points.
Both teams started off the game going back-and-forth with the score tied, 14-14, after Austin Ajukwa hit a three-pointer with 11:38 remaining in the first half. With the score tied at 20 with 8:44 remaining, Thompson knocked down a three giving the Hilltoppers the lead back. The 49ers cut the Hilltoppers lead to two points, 29-27, with 5:15 to go after a layup by Haslem and two free throws from Davis. Western Kentucky regained control of the game with a 14-0 run to end the first half with a 43-27 lead.
In the second half, Western Kentucky started with a 7-2 run in the first 2 minutes and nineteen seconds to extend their lead to 50-29. Charlotte was able to cut the deficit back to 16 points when Davis completed a three-point play with 13:58 remaining. That was the closest the 49ers would get the rest of the game. Charlotte tried to come back, but Western Kentucky went on a 38-16 run to finish the game.
The 49ers had 13 offensive rebounds, but Western Kentucky out-rebounded the Niners 37-29. Charlotte shot 37 percent from the field, Western Kentucky shot 56 percent from the field.
The 49ers will play their last regular season road game against Marshall on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.