NEW YORK The Charlotte 49ers’ 68-63 victory against Richmond in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center was not without controversy.
Here’s the statement of A-10 supervisor of officials’ Reggie Greenwood on the technical foul against Richmond’s Derrick Williams that allowed the 49ers’ Pierria Henry to make the game’s winning free throws with 4.7 seconds left:
“With (4.7) seconds remaining during the first free throw by Charlotte #15 (Henry), Richmond #34 (Williams) pushed Charlotte #21 (Clayton) to the floor after the free throw was made.
“By rule, deadball contact by (Williams) – two shots and the ball at halfcourt (for Charlotte).
“(Henry) shot the remainder of his free throws (one shot). Any player can shoot the technical. The ball is then put in play at halfcourt.”
• Charlotte’s Henry continues to play at the highest level of his career. Henry, a sophomore point guard, has averaged 19.3 points and 11 rebounds over the past three games, all 49ers victories. His 28 points and 12 rebounds against Richmond were career highs.
• Richmond guard Darien Brothers scored 39 points against Charlotte in the teams’ first meeting, an 81-61 victory in January. Brothers was held to 10 points Thursday, although he played with stitches in his right (shooting) hand after cutting it last week.
• The 49ers, playing in their final A-10 tournament before heading to Conference USA next season, hadn’t won a tournament game since 2008.
• Dayton was done in by Butler guard Rotnei Clark in the Bulldogs’ 73-67 victory against the Flyers in another first-round game. Clark, the league’s top 3-point shooter, made 6 of 12 and scored 2 points.
By the numbers
0: 3-pointers made by Charlotte in three attempts. The 49ers have made just one 3-pointer in their past two games.
3: Turnovers by Richmond, tying a tournament record for fewest in a game.
5: Rebounds needed by Charlotte’s Chris Braswell to move into fifth on the 49ers’ career list (853).
17: Assists by Butler against Dayton.
“I apologize to the Richmond fans.” – Spiders coach Chris Mooney, who was ejected from the game after his second technical.
“Thankfully, we held him to 29 points less than that today.” – Charlotte coach Alan Major on Richmond’s Darien Brothers, who scored 39 against the 49ers in January and had 10 Thursday.