The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team welcomed the Campbell Fighting Camels to Halton Arena Wednesday night. Campbell jumped out to a 17-5 early lead and never looked back as they went on to win 76-70 over the 49ers. Chris Clemons led the way for the Camels with 26 points on the night while Braxton Ogbueze led Charlotte with 24.
Charlotte struggled offensively to begin the game scoring only nine points through the first 10 minutes of play. Meanwhile Clemons couldn’t miss for the Camels as he had 13 points in the first half. Jon Davis was able to get something going for Charlotte as he took the ball to the hole on three straight possessions to cut the Campbell lead to ten.
At the end of the first half, he drove the lane again and was able to get the basket and the foul. He knocked down the free throw to cut the lead to 37-34 which would remain the score until halftime. Davis finished the first half with 13 and the game with a career high 19.
The second half was more of the same. Charlotte was unable to knock down shots and never tied or took the lead. Ogbueze hit four second half threes and was keeping Charlotte in the game almost single handedly for a stretch. After shutting Clemons down for the final minutes of the first half, Charlotte began letting him get some open looks in the second half. He matched his first half total of 13 to finish with 26 for the Camels. The 49ers cut the lead to one with 5:26 to play and Ridell Camidge had an open look from three that would have given the 49ers the lead but it rimmed out. Charlotte had the height advantage over the Fighting Camels but was unable to use it to their advantage. Campbell outscored Charlotte 36-30 in the paint and 12-11 on second chance points.
“My big guys are who I was disappointed in tonight,” said 49ers head coach Mark Price after the game.
“We needed them to play big and dominate inside, and they didn’t show up.”
Charlotte will now have a ten day break before their next game which could not come at a better time.
“It gives us a chance to hopefully regroup,” said Price. “It’s been a tough stretch coming into this game. We just got to continue to work hard and get better.”
Charlotte has only three more games before conference play begins, the next one coming at Appalachian State on Saturday December 19th. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.