The Charlotte 49ers held a single-digit lead for the majority of the second half until around the four-minute mark when Tulsa tied the game at 60, and then hit a go-ahead 3 that seemed to stun the 49ers. Tulsa’s lead grew to as much as eight points with just over a minute to go in the game and it looked as if it would be another disappointing loss that would add to the Niners rollercoaster season.
Until Pierria Henry took over.
Henry assisted on a Ben Cherry 3-pointer at the 1:02 mark that cut Tulsa’s lead to 71-66. Terrance Williams then scored on back-to-back layups (including a steal off the inbound pass before the second-made layup) to bring the Niners within three. Henry scored the last six points for Charlotte, including the game-tying layup with nine seconds left, to send the game into overtime.
A Terrance Williams tip-in and Denzel Ingram three put the Niners up five just a minute into the overtime period. Tulsa would never regain the lead as Charlotte held on to win, 90-86.
Despite a lot of early turnovers, Pierria Henry finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals in 41 minutes of play. Denzel Ingram added 17 points on an impressive 5-6 shooting from behind the arc. Mike Thorne tallied another double-double on the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Willie Clayton (10 points, 8 rebounds), Ben Cherry (10 points), and Terrance Williams (14 points, 9 rebounds) all were big contributors as well, making that six players who scored in double-digits for Alan Major’s squad. Shaquille Harrison led Tulsa with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
There were nine lead changes in the contest and neither team ever led by more than eight points. Both teams played relatively sloppy all night, committing at least 15 turnovers each. Charlotte shot just 52.4% (22-42) from the free throw line, but outrebounded Tulsa 47-37. The 49ers were able to hold Tulsa to 12 fast break points, something that really helped the Golden Hurricane start out 2-0 in conference play.
The loss brings Tulsa’s record to 7-10 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Charlotte improves to 11-5 with the win and 2-1 in conference games. Charlotte hosts North Texas Saturday night at Halton Arena.