An extra five minutes in Thomas Assembly Center was not enough for Charlotte to pull off a victory against Louisana Tech, losing 93-90 in overtime. For the second game in a row, five 49ers scored in double figures.
Despite dropping their second Conference-USA game, head coach Mark Price remained positive after the difficult defeat.
— Mark Price (@Mark25Price) January 10, 2016
Riding the momentum of Thursday’s victory over Southern Miss, Charlotte opened the game with a 7-2 lead. After a Louisana Tech layup, Charlotte opened the game up, extending their lead to 15-6 behind baskets from Braxton Ogbueze, Jon Davis and Joseph Uchebo. Louisana Tech managed to cut the lead down to five, scoring the next six of seven points.
After a Curran Scott substitution, the 49ers regained control and pushed their lead to ten points at 25-15. After a few turnovers, Louisana Tech stormed back to tie the game at 30 with three minutes left. Charlotte closed the half out, 40-38 behind Ogbueze, who scored eight points in the final three minutes.
The Bulldogs opened the second half by scoring the first eight points. They held the lead for the first five minutes. But a three by Davis and a layup by Andrien White would give Charlotte the lead back at 51-50.
Louisana Tech would go on another run, this time scoring the next five points to give them a six point lead with ten minutes left. The Bulldogs would push their lead to eight points at 75-67 after a couple of three-pointers.
With seven minutes left, Charlotte would comback and score 16 of the final 24 points to force overtime.
White started overtime by scoring the first four points. But Louisana Tech would storm back scoring the next eight points to give them a 91-87 lead. A Ogbueze three with 11 seconds left would cut the score to one, but it proved to be to late as the Bulldogs would close the game with a pair of free throws.
Davis led the way with 24 points and six assists. Uchebo had another double-double with 18 points and 20 rebounds, the most rebounds by a 49er since 2006. Ogbueze scored 22 points on six three-pointers. White recorded his second double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Scott came off the bench to spark the 49ers offense by scoring 12 points.
Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to host their first of four straight C-USA games at home against Middle Tennessee. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.