George Washington 82, Charlotte 49ers 54: Smith Center unkind to Niners again

Dec. 14, 2012; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Charlotte 49ers guard DeMario Mayfield (11) is pressured by Miami Hurricanes guard Rion Brown (15) during the first half at the BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University has been a house of horrors for the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team over the past decade.  So after suffering a bad 82-54 loss to the Colonials (10-9, 4-2 A-10), a team they’ve never beaten on the road as a member of the Atlantic 10, they’ll be glad to leave it in their rear view mirror for good.

This one didn’t start well at all for Charlotte (16-4, 4-2 A-10) as they found themselves in an early 22-10 hole with 9:35 left in the first half.  They went only 11-30 from the floor (36.7%) in the frame but only trailed 35-27 at the break.  Meanwhile, they weren’t able to stop the Colonials, who shot 57.7% (15-26).  Part of it was Patricio Garino, who nailed two big threes–coming in, though, he was shooting 9-33 over the entire season.

The second half started out relatively well as the two teams traded buckets–but Charlotte was never able to get a good, solid run going.  Eventually GW’s lead swelled to double digits as the Niners were routinely beaten to rebounds, failed to hit layups and committed bad turnovers.  In the paint, they were only able to manage 26 points (to GW’s 28) while their bench was outscored 42-10. Forced to attempt 3′s later in the game to try to erase the growing deficit, they went 0-11 in the 2nd half.

A lone bright spot for the Niners was DeMario Mayfield, who scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting (including two threes).  Probably more jarring than that was the fact that he was held to just one rebound while fouling out with 6:41 left. Willie Clayton, while it didn’t show on the scoresheet (1-4 FG, 4 points), certainly showed the fire that he’s shown over the course of the season, as did Pierria Henry (11 points, 5-11 FG).  Chris Braswell had a rough night on the floor (11 points, 9-10 FT, but just 1-5 shooting).  Clayton and Mayfield led the Niners with 8 rebounds each.

Four Colonials scored in double figures, led by Garino’s 16.

Homecoming is next Saturday for the Charlotte 49ers, and they have quite a bit to think about before facing UMass.  Tipoff for that one at Halton Arena is 2pm.

Topics: Basketball, Charlotte 49ers, Charlotte 49ers Men's Basketball, George Washington Colonials

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