The Charlotte 49ers won their second consecutive Conference USA game, routing North Texas 73-57 Thursday at Halton Arena.
The 49ers (8-8, 2-2) overcame a sloppy first half in which they committed 13 turnovers. The Mean Green (7-9, 1-3) lost its composure in the second half, with guard DeAndre Harris thrown out of the game for throwing a punch at Charlotte’s Pierria Henry. It was one of three technical fouls called against North Texas players.
Henry, who also had a technical foul, led Charlotte’s second-half rally, scoring 21 points, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Braxton Ogbueze added 14 for Charlotte, and power forward Willie Clayton pulled down 13 rebounds.
North Texas got 15 points from Jordan Williams.
North Texas led 24-20 at halftime. Charlotte’s 13 turnovers led to eight North Texas points.
The 49ers jumped to an 11-4 lead but then went cold, going more than six minutes between baskets during one stretch of the first half. The Mean Green led 20-13 on a layup by Williams with 7 minutes, 13 seconds left in the half. But the 49ers scored seven consecutive points and tied it 20-20 on a free throw by Clayton.
Two more 49ers turnovers late in the half – a bad pass by Torin Dorn and an offensive foul by Clayton – helped North Texas to its four-point halftime advantage.
Ogbueze’s eight points led Charlotte at halftime. Ogbueze made both of his 3-pointers in the first half, breaking an 0-for-12 streak that had stretched over four games.
Charlotte plays again Saturday against Rice at Halton.