On the heels of Saturday’s home win against the Pac-12’s Oregon State, the Charlotte men’s basketball team entered Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest knowing it had what it takes to hang with a Power 5 conference opponent.
From the opening tip, however, the 49ers seemed to lack the confidence they displayed against the Beavers. That ultimately reflected on the scoreboard, as Charlotte suffered a 91-74 defeat.
Anthony Vanhook, the 49ers’ senior forward, opened the scoring with a jumper 44 seconds into the game. The 49ers (6-3), however, made only one more shot over the next eight minutes, and the Deacons (7-2) established themselves inside.
Wake Forest held a 16-0 edge in points in the paint at one point, and ultimately stretched its first-half lead to 22 points while outscoring Charlotte 39-15, including a 22-3 run.
The 49ers trimmed the deficit to 45-27 entering halftime and came as close as 15 points on three occasions in the second half. Each time, however, the Deacons responded with a basket to help secure the win.
Three who mattered
Collins, Wake Forest: The Deacons’ leading scorer finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds en route to his fourth straight double-double.
Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest: A sophomore guard, he finished with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He also added three assists.
Braxton Ogbueze, Charlotte: Ogbueze, a senior guard, snapped his recent shooting slump and led the 49ers with 20 points. He went 6-for-10 on 3-pointers.
▪ The Deacons established their lead by going 12-for-13 from the free throw line in the first half. They finished 27-for-34 at the stripe.
▪ After picking up his second foul with 16 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half, Vanhook, Charlotte’s leading rebounder, exited the game and didn’t return until the second half.
▪ Charlotte coach Mark Price and Wake Forest coach Danny Manning played against each other in the 1993 and 1994 NBA All-Star Games. Tuesday’s meeting marked just the third time in college basketball history that a game featured opposing head coaches who appeared in the same NBA All-Star Game during their playing careers.
▪ Sophomore guard Keyshawn Woods played for the 49ers as a freshman during the 2014-15 season before transferring to Wake Forest. He scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting against his former team.
▪ Charlotte’s J.C. Washington, a junior forward, returned to action after missing Saturday’s game because of a concussion. He fouled out with eight minutes left, with one rebound and no points
They said it
“I thought in the second half we played a little bit better. But when you go on the road against a good team like this, you can’t dig yourself in a hole. Unfortunately we did that tonight, and we weren’t able to recover from it.” – Price on his team falling behind early.