The Charlotte 49ers played their first road game of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they traveled 20 miles north to play their cross-county rival, Davidson. Charlotte kept the game close in the first half but could not match the intensity of the Wildcats in the second half as the Niners fell on the road 76-56. Charlotte has now lost to Davidson for the sixth consecutive year.
Charlotte finished the game with three players in double figures and were led by Jon Davis, who finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Cooper Robb finished the game with 12 points, and Milos Supica came off the bench and scored 14 points and recorded seven rebounds.
Davidson also had three players in double figures and were led by Kellan Grady and Jon Ax. Gudmundsson who finished the game with 25 and 20 points, respectively. Luka Brajkovic scored 12 points off of 4-for-5 shooting for the Wildcats.
Charlotte took an early 5-4 lead when Cooper Robb scored the first five points of the game for the Niners. Davidson would then go on to score seven of the next nine points to take a four point lead. Davidson would then lead for the rest of the game, but Charlotte still fought hard to keep the game close.
With Davidson leading 11-9, the Wildcats would go on a 12-4 scoring run capped off by an easy layup for the Wildcats, which would give them the first double-digit lead of the game. Dravon Mangum would score the next five points for the Niners to cut the deficit down to five. With 7:10 to play in the first half, both teams would then go back and forth for the next four minutes as both teams were getting good looks for scoring opportunities. With just over a minute left in the first half, Supica scored the final points of the first half as the Niners trailed Davidson 35-27.
Davidson opened the second half by scoring the first five points of the half, but Charlotte would respond as Davis scored the next four points for the Niners. With a 43-34 Davidson lead, the Wildcats would score eight of the next 11 points, which pushed the lead to 14. Davis would then score six of the next nine points for the Niners, but the Wildcats had enough momentum to maintain a comfortable lead. With Davidson leading 61-46 with 8:35 to play, the Wildcats would score the next six points, lead by Gudmundsson, and maintained a lead of at least 17 points for the rest of the game.
Davis played hard for the Niners in the second half as he went 9-for-10 from the free throw line and scored 14 of the team’s 29 points in the second half.
Charlotte finished the game shooting 36.2 percent from the field, while Davidson shot 51.9 percent. The 49ers struggled from the three-point line on both offense and defense as the Niners only shot 4-for-22 from behind the arc, while the Wildcats made 10 three pointers on the night.
Charlotte looks to improve during the month of December when they take on the College of Charleston on the road on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.