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Charlotte falls to USF in a close one

Andrien White dribbles through traffic. Photo by Pooja Pasupula

The Charlotte 49ers could not bounce back from their victory Monday and suffered their seventh loss of the season against the USF bulls in a close one, 78 – 76. This marked Charlotte’s final non-conference game before they enter conference play.

The Niners started off the game when senior Austin Ajukwa burying his first three-pointer of the game. Later in the first half Charlotte would go on to score nine straight points that gave Charlotte a 31-17 lead with eight minutes left to play in the first half.

With the 49ers leading, 36–26 with five minutes left to play in the half, USF would bounce back with a 10–2 run capped by a three pointer by USF’s Payton Banks that would cut Charlotte’s down to two with a minute left to play in the half. With 15 seconds left to play in the half and Charlotte leading, 41–36, USF’s Da Silva banked in a three pointer that would cut the Niners lead down to two.

15 seconds into the second half, USF’s shoots an easy jumper that would tie the game up. With the Niners leading USF, 55–52, the Bulls would go on a 15–4 run and took the lead, 67 –59 with seven minutes left to play in the game. With USF leading, 70–62 with 6:37 left to play in the game, the Niners would go on to score six straight points capped off by a dunk by Charlotte junior Jailan Haslam.

With USF leading 76–70 with 1:30 left to play in the game, the 49ers would score six of the next eight points with threes coming from Charlotte’s Jon Davis and Najee Garvin to cut USF’s lead down to two. Charlotte had possession of the ball with seven second left to play in regulation, but Davis’s three-point attempt would ultimately hit the back of rim at the buzzer.

The 49ers would have three players score in double-figures with junior Andrien White leading the team with 16 points. Jailan Haslam would have a team-high eight rebounds. USF sophomore Tulio Da Silva would lead the game in points with 23 points. USF led the game in bench points as well as points in the paint. Charlotte led the game in second chance points.

The 49ers will begin conference play when they take on Old Dominion, Saturday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.

49ers and New Mexico draw 0-0

Daniel Bruce goes after the ball. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers tied the New Mexico Lobos 0-0 in double overtime Saturday night. This is their fifth tie of the season and their fourth in league play. This game is Charlotte’s last conference road game of the season.

In the 18th minute, junior Daniel Bruce had two attempts at the goal only to be blocked and saved by New Mexico goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu. The 49ers would have another attempt to score in the 29th minute as junior Tommy Madden had his shot saved by New Mexico’s Beaulieu. Madden and sophomore Teddy Chaouche would both have attempts in the 41st minute, only to have them go wide.

In the second half, both teams still could not find the back of the net. In the 63rd minute, Daniel Bruce attempted another two shots only for one to go wide and the other to be saved by the Lobos. Tommy Madden had a shot inside the box in the 66th minute, but still could not find the back of the net. New Mexico’s Simon Spangenberg almost won the game for the Lobos only to be denied by Charlotte goalkeeper Elliot Panicco.

Charlotte ended up playing in their fourth straight overtime game. The Niners would have three shots in the first overtime only for them to go wide. Charlotte could not register a shot in the second overtime.

The 49ers had a 19-16 shot advantage over the Lobos with Daniel Bruce attempting eight times and Tommy Madden having five shots. New Mexico would have seven saves against Charlotte’s four. Charlotte had eleven fouls in the game compared to New Mexico’s eight. New Mexico had eight corner kicks opposed to Charlotte’s three.

The Niners will attempt to salvage a victory in their final home game of the season when they host the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is set at 7 p.m.

Charlotte Draw 1-1 Against UAB

Teddy Chaouche takes the ball earlier in the season against Jacksonville. Photo by Chris Crews

The 49ers settled for a 1-1 draw against UAB Saturday night, despite having a 16 to nine shot advantage. This is the third tie for the 49ers this season and the second tie in league play.

The Blazers took the lead in the first half as forward Rami Dajani scored his 2nd goal of the season in the 21st minute off a pass from Donovan Watson three yards out. Seconds later, UAB forward Adam Brooker almost made it a 2-0 lead when his shot hits the goal post.

The lead was short-lived, however, as junior Callum Montgomery scored his second goal of the season for Charlotte in the 23rd minute of the first half off a free kick from Teddy Chaouche. Both teams registered four shots in the first half.

In the second half, the Niners kicked it into gear as they registered three shots in the 49th minute off a corner kick but Charlotte could not find the net as the first two shots were saved by UAB goalkeeper James Teal. The 49ers outshot the Blazers 9-3 in the second half.

The Blazers and the Niners would have to go to over-time to try to end the deadlock. The extra work did not pay off as both teams could not find the back of the net.

Both goalkeepers would register three saves during the game. The Niners attempted to score on seven corners during the game while the Blazers did not have a single one. The game would be plagued with fouls from each team. Charlotte had 14 fouls while the Blazers had six. Sophomore Myles Brown lead the game in shots, taking four shots with two on target.

The 49ers will try to bounce back this Friday when they host Old Dominion at Transamerica Field. Kickoff is set at 7 p.m.