It turned out to be the Terrence Williams show on Friday night. Despite the absence of Chris Braswell and DeMario Mayfield (suspended due to violating team rules), T-Will went off for a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds–17 points and eight rebounds in the 2nd half) to lead the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team to a 68-58 win over Charleston Southern in the Niners’ season opener at Halton. Charlotte recovered from a sluggish start that allowed the Bucs to jump out to an early nine-point lead before picking up their play and coming away with the eventual victory.
Here’s some Digest-ables from the game, presented a little later than usual (sorry!)
Prime Performer–Terrence Williams: The sophomore broke it open in the 2nd half, putting up the bulk of his points and boards in the 2nd frame to push the home team ahead. He did a great job stepping in and just may have emerged as a go-to player for this team. Final breakdown: 8-17 from the field, 3-6 from the stripe.
Ball Burglars: Pierria Henry (five) and freshman Denzel Ingram (four) combined for nine steals on the night, accounting for over half of CSU’s 17 turnovers.
MIA: Bras and Mayfield missed out due to suspension; Bras returns on Tuesday against Georgia Southern while Mayfield comes back on November 17 (Lamar). Also out: J.T. Thompson (knee), who should be in the lineup on Tuesday.
Numbers We Liked: Obviously T-Will’s shooting, but also “P” and Ingram’s nine combined steals. Darion Clark and Willie Clayton teamed up for four blocks between them, while Clark tore down 11 rebounds (eight in the 1st half). Niners took care of the ball as a team, only turning it over 11 times. Bucs were held to 19 of 65 (29.2%) from the field.
Numbers We Didn’t Like: Our old foe from last season–free throw shooting–has paid the Niners an early visit: only 19-33 from the charity stripe (57%). Also, outside shooting: 3-13 (23%). Henry (four TOs) has to cut down on his miscues.
Final Thoughts: Great win to start the season, but Niners will need to come out of the gate a little quicker next time.
Next up: Georgia Southern, Tuesday at 9 in Halton (nationally televised on NBC Sports Network).