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.
“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.
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.
▪ 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.
Charlotte hosts James Madison Friday.