After every Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball game (or home game at the very least), I or one of our trusted staff members will do our best to break it down in our Post Game Digest-ables feature. Here’s the first one, following a 95-51 win over Pfeiffer in an exhibition game at Halton Arena. DISCLAIMER: We know that it doesn’t count, but just play along with us as we take you through some of the stats and storylines from tonight’s game. Here we go.
Prime Performer–Darion Clark: Welcome to Niner Nation, Mr. Clark. The freshman had a solid debut in green and white, going off for a double-double (19 points on 5-5 shooting, 12 rebounds) in 26 minutes of play. If (we stress if) he can keep up this rate of play in real games, we may be looking at a star.
Close Second–Terrence Williams: Not a bad night for sophomore Terrence Williams, either: 16 points (6-10 from the field) in 26 minutes. We’ll see how he figures into things down the road lineup-wise.
MIA–Chris Braswell, DeMario Mayfield and J.T. Thompson: Bras had recovered from a foot injury suffered over the summer and had been practicing, but was kept out of the lineup for precautionary reasons by coach Alan Major. Same story for Thompson; with his injury history it would have been a shame to lose him for the year (and his final year of eligibility) in an exhibition, which we assume was Major’s reasoning. Mayfield sat the game out as well (high ankle sprain) but could be ready for the season opener against Charleston Southern.
Numbers We Liked: We liked that Denzel Ingram was lighting it up from the outside, going 4-5 from three point land…Willie Clayton and Mike Thorne’s 10 rebounds a piece…and the 28 forced turnovers. Pierria Henry looks like he hasn’t missed a step at all from last year, recording six steals.
Numbers We Didn’t Like: Colby Lewis’ 3-point shooting night (0-4)…the Niners’ lack of outside shooting outside of Ingram: 4-20 (ouch)…also, E. Victor Nickerson, Clayton and Ingram’s output from the line: a combined 6-18 (33.3%).
Final Thoughts: With the exception of Ivan Benkovic, all of the new guys pitched in very nicely. We’ll see how they develop throughout the season, which begins for real in eight days.
Next up: Season opener against Charleston Southern, next Friday at 7pm in Halton.