With the ball in their hands as time ticked away, Terrence Williams and the Charlotte 49ers made the most of their final possession.
Pierria Henry found Williams with a pass by the basket, and the junior dunked it home to beat the light and give the Niners a 76-74 victory over North Texas, improving them to 3-1 in Conference USA play.
It was Williams’ second game-winning bucket of the season. His layup on November 24 as time expired gave his team a 63-61 win over then #13 Michigan in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game.
Charlotte had to battle back several times in the second half. North Texas held a 58-47 lead with 12:20 remaining before a 10-0 Niner run cut it to 58-57 with 8:40 left. The Mean Green would get it back to 8, 70-62, before Charlotte opened up a game-deciding 14-4 run over the final 5:04. Eight of those 14 points–none bigger than his game-winning dunk–came courtesy of Williams.
It was a victory for the Niners despite another dismal showing at the line and a slow start to the 2nd period. Charlotte was just 11-19 from the stripe (57.9%) but countered it by shooting 54.5% from the field and committing just 12 turnovers. Williams was the game’s leading scorer with 16, eight of those coming in the game’s final 4:12. Brandan Walton paced the Mean Green with 13.
Charlotte hits the road as they travel to take on what may be their stiffest test of the Conference USA schedule–Louisiana Tech. Tip-off between the Niners and Bulldogs is set for 7:30 pm ET.