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Charlotte 49ers take down Pac-12’s Oregon State

Charlotte forward Najee Garvin (0) was called for a charge on this play early in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Oregon State at Halton Arena.
Charlotte forward Najee Garvin (0) was called for a charge on this play early in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Oregon State at Halton Arena.

Two years had passed since the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team last hosted a Power 5 opponent at Halton Arena.

But on Saturday night against the Pac-12’s Oregon State, the 49ers made it worth the wait for their fans, as the Conference USA team defeated the Beavers 69-66.

The 49ers (6-2) entered halftime with a 34-28 lead, which they pushed to an eight-point advantage on their first possession of the second half. For the next 10 minutes, however, Charlotte failed to even make a field goal as Oregon State (3-6) clawed back to take a 47-38 lead thanks to a 19-2 run.

In years past, the 49ers might have folded. But this time, Charlotte weathered the storm.

The 49ers responded with a 13-0 run to seize a 51-47 lead. Oregon State would tie the game at 59 with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left, but Charlotte closed the game out at the free-throw line to secure the win.

Three who mattered

Andrien White, Charlotte: The sophomore guard scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half and added six rebounds.

Jon Davis, Charlotte: After scoring just two points in the first half, the sophomore guard scored 20 in the second half to finish with a game-best 22 points.

Kendal Manuel, Oregon State: Every time the 49ers seemed like they were starting to put the game away in the second half, Manuel made a 3-pointer. He finished 5-for-7 from behind the arc.

Observations

▪  Charlotte entered Saturday shooting 27.8 percent from behind the arc over its past three games and having made no more than six 3-pointers in a game during that stretch. The 49ers seemed to regain their stride in the first half, going 6-for-15 on 3-pointers, but didn’t make one in the second half.

▪  After attempting only four shots from the charity stripe in the first half, the 49ers made 21-of-26 free throws in the second half.

Worth mentioning

▪  With Charlotte junior forward J.C. Washington still under concussion protocol, senior forward Reid Aube made his second career start on Saturday.

▪  Oregon State played without leading scorer Tres Tinkle, who missed his third straight game with a broken right wrist.

They said it

“It was amazing. The fan showed up tonight, and I’m so glad they did. It was a great atmosphere. We’re just glad we were able to bring this one home in the clutch moments.” – White on the energy inside Halton Arena.

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