Some quick thoughts on the Charlotte 49ers’ 78-66 win over Central Michigan to improve them to 9-0 on the season, extending their best-ever start in school history.
–Did anyone else get the feeling that the Niners were supposed to blow this team out? They struggled with their shots in the 1st half (and in part of the 2nd), gave up a few open shots and could never really shake the Chippewas until late. They’ll need to play much better if they’re to have any shot at beating Miami on Friday.
–As a result of CMU’s defense, the Niners weren’t able to get the ball inside like they usually do. Chris Braswell (8 points, 4-11 FG) didn’t have a huge game–but they didn’t need him to. They were able to adjust and hit shots when it counted–i.e. DeMario Mayfield and Denzel Ingram hitting some big threes down the stretch to help seal the win.
–The scrum in the 2nd half over the jump ball led to Pierria Henry’s ejection, attributed to “abusive language”–confirmed by the Charlotte Observer’s David Scott. The good news is that he won’t miss the Miami game since it wasn’t a fighting situation.
–In P’s absence, it was great to see players like Ingram and Mayfield step up and make some plays during the second. By the way, how CMU coach Keno Davis only got away with a technical is beyond me.
–Willie Clayton has passion. You can see it on his face, especially inside fighting for rebounds, and in the way he plays every time he hits the court. He had 10 points (5-6 from the field) and has the ability to do the dirty work inside. We’ve said it already–Clayton is going to be a star for this team.
–Finally, 9-0. It continues the Niners’ best start in school history. They’ve got a tough task against a Miami team on Friday that upset Michigan State earlier in the season.