Many figured the Charlotte 49ers would need to defeat Temple to have any shot at an at-large NCAA tournament bid. After a 71-51 loss in which they only 17 made field goals, those hopes may have been dealt a final blow.
One of the stories of this ballgame was both teams’ shooting from beyond the arc–Temple (19-8, 8-5 A-10) finished 10-24 from three while the Niners (18-8, 6-6 A-10)were only 1-13. But another stat stood out for the wrong reasons: Charlotte’s field goal shooting–17-62 (27.4%). That’s 17 field goals made all day by the 49ers offense. (In comparison, Temple was 28-58 for the entire game.) Add that total to 15 turnovers coupled with only four assists.
It was that kind of day for Charlotte. Even on an afternoon where they went 16-19 from the line and out-rebounded their opponent 42-36 (including 20-9 on the offensive glass), few things were going their way. They did cut it to eight with 14:56 left in the contest (42-34) but would get no closer.
One bright spot: Mike Thorne, who received significant minutes for the first time in his career. The redshirt freshman scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting and hauled down a team-high seven rebounds (tied with Darion Clark). Only one other Niner–Pierria Henry–scored double figures (10, but on just 3-14 shooting). Chris Braswell was held to just 4 points (1-6) and six rebounds on the day.
Three Owls hit double figures–led by Scootie Randall (18 points, 7-12 FG, 3-5 from 3). Khalif Wyatt scored 12 while Jake O’Brien put up 10; the trio combined to go 11-16 from distance.
Four games are left for Charlotte: starting with Dayton on Wednesday night at 7:30 in Halton Arena.