Andrien White led Charlotte (5-20, 1-13 C-USA) with 25 points, six rebounds, and four assists but they were unable to knock off UT San Antonio (15-12, 8-6 C-USA), falling 97-89 in overtime.
Charlotte had three players in double figures: White, Jon Davis and Luka Vasic. Davis had 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Vasic added 13 points and led both teams in rebounding with 11. Austin Ajukwa and Milos Supica gave Charlotte eight points each off the bench.
“I have been disappointed in the way I have been shooting the ball, so I have been putting more time in the gym,” Vasic said after shooting 50 percent from the field.
Coach Houston Fancher commended Vasic’s efforts after the game.
“Vasic was given nothing, he earned everything,” Fancher said.
UTSA freshman Jhivvan Jackson was superb once again. UTSA had four players in double digits, Jackson led all scorers with 30 points, including a couple daggers in overtime to put the game away for his team. Keaton Wallace, also a freshman, added 17 points for UTSA. Wallace shot 5-5 from three point area and 6-7 overall, only missing one shot. Byron Frohnen added 15 points and Deon Lyle contributed 11 points off the bench.
The 49ers won the rebound battle, out rebounding UTSA 38 to 30. Charlotte also had two less turnovers than UTSA.
“We won the rebound and turnover battle which is a good step in the right direction, but we gave up too many easy layups,” Fancher said.
With 10.2 seconds remaining in the game, White converted a three point play after getting fouled while making a layup. That put Charlotte up 2 points. Then Jhivvan Jackson came down and made a fade-way shot with 2 seconds left on clock to tie the game up. With those 2 seconds remaining Davis got off a really good look from half-court but eventually came up short.
In overtime the 49ers went 0-4 from the field, and only scored five points from free throws. UTSA went 5-6 from the field in overtime, scoring 13 points and eventually propelling to a 97-89 win.
Charlotte now has four games remaining, with the next one being on the road at Western Kentucky on Thursday Feb. 22. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.