December 10, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte 49ers forward Chris Braswell (35) is defended by Davidson Wildcats forward Jake Cohen (15) while playing at the Halton Arena at UNCC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Temple Owls 89, Charlotte 49ers 88: Turnovers, D doom Niners late


The Charlotte 49ers had a great chance to take out the Temple Owls at the Liacouras Center, but a valiant effort was stemmed by less than stellar defense and untimely turnovers as the Owls escaped with an 89-88 victory.  It’s the Niners’ third straight loss on the road, dropping them to 17-5 overall (5-3 Atlantic 10) with a date with VCU looming on Saturday night.

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Charlotte was 60.4% from the field, 70% from 3 (7-10) and 17-22–yes, 17-22–from the line in what was easily their most complete offensive performance of the season. But they committed 18 turnovers (at least four or five in the final few minutes, primarily by Pierria Henry, who had a brutal last few possessions) and allowed four Owls to score in double figures: Khalif Wyatt (25), Jake O’Brien (22, including 4-5 from 3), Rhahir Hollis-Jefferson and Dalton Pepper (each with 11).

Meanwhile, in a losing effort, Chris Braswell looked back to form in a game that many fans were hoping he would have. He scored 23 points (7-11 from the floor, 9-10 from the line). Henry (14), Denzel Ingram (13, including 3-4 from beyond the arc), Terrence Williams and Darion Clark (each with 11) also hit double figures for the Niners, who trailed as much as 13 in the first half before coming back to tie it at 41.

In a game where they were clicking on all cylinders offensively, this should have been a win for the Niners.  But valuing the ball is a necessity, especially with a league as talented as the A-10. This performance should give fans a little hope with Charlotte’s toughest tow-game stretch of the year coming up: VCU at home on Saturday night and nationally-ranked Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse a week from tonight.


Women’s Basketball: Charlotte 66, Temple 43
The Niner women continue to roll as they routed Temple at Halton Arena this evening for their sixth straight win to improve to 17-4, 6-1 A-10. Ny Hammonds led all scorers with 16; three other Niners (Amanda Dowe–12; Jennifer Hailey and Kira Gordon, 10 each) hit double figures, while Hailey’s 14 boards gives her yet another double-double. Victoria Macaulay scored 15 for the Owls, who were held without a field goal for the last 12:21.
Charlotte travels to Saint Joseph’s on Sunday before heading back to Halton Arena a week from tonight to host Butler.

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