One of the Charlotte 49ers’ ongoing problems–lack of consistent free throw shooting–caught up to them in a big way Tuesday night in a 83-82 loss at the College of Charleston. The Cougars’ Willis Hall, a Charlotte native, netted a layup with a second remaining to beat the light and send the Niners to their first loss of the season (1-1).
But this one might have been a different story if Charlotte had hit their shots at the line. The team was just 23-37 (62.2%) from the stripe and missed several crucial ones down the stretch. It wasted a double-double performance by Willie Clayton (19 points, 13 rebounds, 8 coming on the offensive glass) and a 21-point outing by Pierria Henry.
CofC didn’t help matters themselves. They would hit their shots down the stretch to eventually pare the lead down. But, again, free throws hurt the Niners, as their inability to convert at the line left the door wide open.
Canyon Barry led the Cougars and all scorers with 26 points (11-19 from the field and 3-6 from three). He was one of a trio of CofC players to hit double digits.
Charlotte returns home for a rare Friday afternoon game against Elon. That one will tip at 4pm in Halton Arena.