Richmond Spiders epically melt down, hand Charlotte 49ers A-10 first round win

Dec. 14, 2012; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Charlotte 49ers guard Terrence Williams (left) talks with teammates forward Darion Clark (center) and guard Pierria Henry (right) during the first half against the Miami Hurricanes at the BankUnited Center. Miami won 77-46. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll have the full postgame up later tonight, but the Charlotte 49ers have beaten Richmond, 68-63, in the Atlantic 10 first round. But it was how it happened that will have fans of both teams talking for years.

With Charlotte down 63-60 with 4.7 seconds remaining, Pierria Henry was fouled. He made the first free throw of a one-and-one to make it 63-61.

Then the meltdown began.

Richmond’s Derrick Williams was hit with a technical, presumably on an shove to Willie Clayton, giving Henry two more free throws on top of the remaining one. The sophomore made all three to put the Niners up 64-63.

But it wasn’t over.

With Charlotte set to get the ball back, a livid Spiders coach Chris Mooney outdid Williams, getting nailed with a double technical and having to be escorted from the court after Henry was fouled on what was ruled a three point attempt. That meant more free throws for Henry, and he made four of them to make it 68-63.

Following along? Good, because we aren’t quite sure how it happened ourselves. Just know that the Niners will be playing Saint Louis tomorrow, and that you’ll be seeing a lot about this one for years to come.

Topics: A-10 Tournament, Atlantic 10, Charlotte 49ers, Charlotte 49ers Men's Basketball

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