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Charlotte 49ers basketball: Niners 6-0 at Halton after blowout win over Radford

Dec. 14, 2012; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Charlotte 49ers forward Willie Clayton (21) shoots over Miami Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson (42) during the first half at the BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The beat goes on for the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team. Pierria Henry (14) and Willie Clayton (12) each scored in double figures as the Niners improved to 11-1 (6-0 at Halton Arena) with a 68-52 win over Radford tonight.

The Niners made it look relatively easy for most of the night, going up as much as 19 in the first half and taking a 38-19 lead to the locker room. Clayton and Henry both had 8 at the break, with P hitting a pair of threes in the opening frame, including one just before the buzzer (3-6 overall from the field) and Willie shooting 4-7 from the floor. It was another fill-the-stat-sheet night for Henry overall (14 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, five steals, and a block).

In the second half, the Highlanders got to within 12 following a pair of Blake Smith free throws with 7:59 left in the game (and again with 3:13 left after a Rashun Davis three), but that was as near as they got as the home team had it in the bag. Charlotte shot a solid 51.8% from the field (29-56) and outrebounded Radford 36-30 while holding them to 32.7% FG (2-14 from beyond the arc). Clayton was responsible for seven boards, including five offensive, as he continues to establish a tough, hard-working presence inside. His development has just been impressive, and we’ve made mention before of his passion and work ethic every time he goes out.

Meanwhile, Chris Braswell had a tough night (21 minutes, 2-8 FG, 5 points). But it was a good sign for the Niners that they were able to win without him being at his best. They outscored the Highlanders in the paint by a remarkable 50-28 count (h/t to Niner Times sports editor Nathan Butler for posting that stat) even without Bras’ contributions.

Up next for Charlotte: Florida State at the Cable Box Saturday afternoon at 2pm.

Topics: Basketball, Charlotte 49ers, Post Game Digest-ables, Radford Highlanders

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