The Charlotte 49ers (2-4) took on the College of Charleston Cougars (7-2) this Saturday night in an eight point loss in TD arena. The 49ers were led by senior point guard, Jon Davis, who finished the night with 21 points and chipped in 39 minutes. Other leaders for the 49ers included freshman wing, Malik Martin, who notched 14 points, six boards and five assists. Dravon Mangum also stepped up for the 49ers, putting up 12 points, eight boards and one assist in 34 minutes.
Davis and Martin were the two showmen for the Charlotte 49ers in the first half of play. The 49ers matched the Cougars’ high intensity play early on in the match, going blow for blow with the team as if fighting for a heavy weight championship. The 49ers would gain their footing on solid ground after a triple from Davis, dashing the Charleston lead. Another trey ball from Davis allowed the 49ers to gain a bit of momentum. This energy was boosted by a pair of strong finishes at the rim from Martin and Brandon Younger. At 27-25, the Charleston Cougars responded with an onslaught of their own, led by the 49ers, who were able to lessen the lead from another trey ball from Jon Davis. The 49ers closed the half trailing by one.
Walking into the sequel, the 49ers recognized their opportunity and stepped up to the plate, meeting the Charleston Cougars blow for blow once again. Tying the game early on, the Charlotte front court would put on a show that put the Forty Niners up 44-40. After another three from Davis, Charleston, led by Grant Riller, would come up with a scoring run of their own. Going from a slight lead to a ten point game, the Cougars would work to gas the 49ers in the open court and capitalize on their front court’s paint presence. Milos Supica would give the Forty Niners two second chance points in the paint, along with senior forward Jailan Haslem. As the half began to close, the duo of Mangum and Martin collaborated to shorten the lead to a four point deficit, but in the end it would not be enough. The Charleston Cougars came out on top 72-64.
The 49ers will take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and will see the return of former 49er, Andrien White.