Turns out, a second-half double technical to Pierria Henry and a flagrant two foul to Willie Clayton were just a couple of the many low moments for the Charlotte 49ers in Tallahassee on Tuesday.
Aaron Thomas scored a career-high 26 points, and Florida State (7-3) dominated Charlotte in nearly every aspect of the game en route to a historic 106-62 victory–a game the Niners would much rather forget before they return to the Queen City to welcome USC Upstate on Saturday.
Charlotte (also 7-3) couldn’t get anything going on this night.
They were cold from the field, shooting just 35.6% and failing to make easy layups throughout. They were out-rebounded 44-33, including 29-19 on the defensive boards. They couldn’t handle the ball, committing 19 turnovers to just nine assists. Florida State defenders recorded eight blocks.
All of that was a recipe for disaster for the Niners, a game in which they gave up the most points to an opponent since January 5, 1991: a 121-105 loss to South Alabama while both teams were members of the old Sun Belt Conference.
It didn’t get better as Henry was tossed with 14:09 left after dunking over the much-taller Michael Ojo and then taunting him–with Charlotte well out of striking distance. Then, with 6:21 left, Willie Clayton was nailed with a flagrant 2 foul, an automatic ejection.
All but one player who saw the court scored for the Seminoles, who broke the 100-point plateau for the first time in eight years, a 108-73 victory over Campbell on December 22, 2005. Ian Miller scored 18 while Okaro White registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.
For Charlotte, Shawn Lester scored 16 points. Mike Thorne Jr. had seven of the Niners’ 33 rebounds. Henry (13) and Clayton (11) reached double digits in their abbreviated efforts.
WBB: Stetson 83, Charlotte 81
Sasha Sims’ three-pointer with 4:43 left gave the host Hatters a lead they would never relinquish, and the Niners failed to get closer than a single point on their way to a road defeat.
Sims led all scorers with 22 points on 8-16 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. Gabby Tyler scored 18, Alexis Alexander chipped in a career-best 16 points and Hillary Sigmon notched 15 for Charlotte (4-6), with the trio hauling down a team-high nine rebounds to help the team outrebound Stetson (6-4) 47-34–including a 24-14 margin on the offensive glass.
The Niners travel to Davidson on Saturday to take on the Wildcats.