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Charlotte 49ers stun Oklahoma State on Jon Davis’ 3-pointer

Senior guard Jon Davis, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a 3-pointer with .6 seconds left to lift the Charlotte 49ers to a 66-64 win over visiting Oklahoma State in college basketball at Halton Arena on Saturday..
Senior guard Jon Davis, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a 3-pointer with .6 seconds left to lift the Charlotte 49ers to a 66-64 win over visiting Oklahoma State in college basketball at Halton Arena on Saturday..

Jon Davis wanted to deliver the first win for Charlotte 49ers first-year coach Ron Sanchez.

So he did.

The guard’s 3-pointer with .6 seconds left lifted Charlotte to a 66-64 come-from-behind win at Halton Arena to even the 49ers’ record at 1-1.

“I put in a lot of work over my four years in college, and I’ve in a lot of work with basketball my whole life,” Davis said. “I honestly believe every shot I take is going to go in.”

Said Sanchez: “He said he wanted to go win it. So, I said go win it.”

For most of the game, Oklahoma State was in the driver’s seat. The Cowboys led 50-26 with 14 minutes, 1 second to play, but went cold down the stretch as Charlotte roared back into contention behind Davis, who scored 20 of his game-high 27 points after the break. His final shot, from the top of the arc, banked off the glass and through the hoop for what Sanchez called “the first of many” firsts.

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Charlotte 49ers first-year coach Ron San Sanchez, left, and point guard Jon Davis discuss the team’s first victory this season, a 66-64 win against visiting Oklahoma State. Benjamin Robson

“I told Jon this is the first game of his senior season when we started on Tuesday,” he said. “I told the freshmen, it was their first game playing in this arena, the first game for me as a head coach. It was my first ‘L’ as a head coach. Today, it’s my first win. It’s a long journey.”

Records: Oklahoma State 0-1; Charlotte 1-1.

Three who mattered

Davis: The 49ers’ top player stepped up at the biggest moment, draining a 3-pointer off the glass to put Charlotte ahead for good.

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Jon Davis had a game-high 27 points, including the winning 3-pointer, as the Charlotte 49ers rallied to defeat Oklahoma State 66-64 in college basketball at Halton Arena on Saturday. Benjamin Robson

Milos Supica: Charlotte reserve guard had a team-high 12 rebounds off the bench along with six points in 27 minutes.

Cameron McGriff: Oklahoma State forward led the Cowboys with 17 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Worth mentioning

▪ Oklahoma State didn’t score a field goal over the final eight minutes of play.

▪ The Cowboys connected on 65 percent (13-of-20) of its shots in the first half, but struggled to 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) in the second.

▪ Charlotte hit 13-of-22 shots after intermission (59.1 percent) after going 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) in the first half.

▪ Oklahoma State is 97-13 all-time in season openers.

They said it

“I thought they did a phenomenal job of keeping their team positive when we played really, really well on both ends of the floor in the first half, minus a few turnovers in the first half.” - Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton.

What’s next

Charlotte hosts James Madison Friday.

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