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Wake Forest thumps short-handed Charlotte 49ers

Charlotte 49ers freshman Malik Martin shoots over Wake Forest's Ikenna Smart in the second half of Thursday’s college basketball game in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest won 80-56.
Charlotte 49ers freshman Malik Martin shoots over Wake Forest's Ikenna Smart in the second half of Thursday’s college basketball game in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest won 80-56. AP

The Charlotte 49ers’ struggles on the road continued Thursday in an 80-56 loss against Wake Forest at Joel Coliseum.

The 49ers (2-5), who went 2-2 during a season-opening four-game homestand, have since lost three consecutive games, all of them on the road.

Adding to the challenge for the young 49ers, who already have a short rotation: Freshman guard Cooper Robb was out with a stress fracture in his foot, so coach Ron Sanchez had only seven scholarship players available against the Deacons (5-3).

“I think at times we panicked and we were overwhelmed,” said 49ers coach Ron Sanchez. “Our youth and lack of athleticism showed. I didn’t see that tenacity, especially playing an ACC team on their home floor.”

It was the most decisive victory of the season for the Deacons, who lost to Richmond on Saturday. The Deacons didn’t shoot well from the floor (44.3 percent) or from 3-point range (28.6). But, with forward Isaiah Mucius leading the way with 16 points, Wake Forest had more than enough to take care of the error-prone 49ers.

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Charlotte's Jon Davis, right, shoots over Wake Forest's Sharone Wright Jr. in the second half of Thursday’s college basketball game in Winston-Salem. Davis finished with a team-high 21 points in the 49ers’ 80-56 loss to the Deacons. Chuck Burton AP

Wake Forest led by as many as 26 points in the second half - the Deacons’ largest margin of the season.

The 49ers didn’t make it easy on themselves, turning the ball over 15 times and making just 3-of-18 3-pointers.

Charlotte got 21 points from senior guard and leading scorer Jon Davis, who was guarded effectively for much of the game by Wake Forest’s Torry Johnson.

“We wanted to make sure to make Davis work hard and to take the ball out of his hands,” said Deacons coach Danny Manning. “Torry came in and accepted the challenge.”

Charlotte’s depth problems got worse when foul trouble cropped up. That forced Sanchez to order a zone defense, something he doesn’t like to do.

The 49ers tied the game at 9-9 on a follow by Jailan Haslem with 12 minutes, 15 seconds left in the half. But the Deacons then outscored the 49ers 14-2 over the next five minutes to go up 23-11.

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Wake Forest's Sunday Okeke, bottom, looks to pass to a teammate as Charlotte's Jailan Haslem defends in the first half of Thursday’s nonconference college basketball game in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest won 80-56. Chuck Burton AP

Charlotte, plagued by turnovers and poor shooting, didn’t let Wake Forest get ahead by more than 12. Still, the Deacons, who were shooting just as poorly as the 49ers, led 32-22 at halftime.

Three who mattered

Jaylen Hoard, Wake Forest: Deacons freshman forward had 12 points and led the Deacons with eight rebounds.

Brandon Childress, Wake Forest: Deacons guard had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Davis, Charlotte: 49ers senior guard, the team’s most reliable scorer and important player, had 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Worth mentioning

▪ The first half was not a study in effective long-range shooting. Wake Forest was 1-of-11 from 3-point range; Charlotte made 1 of 10 from deep.

▪ The 49ers were hurt by turnovers in the first half. Wake Forest turned Charlotte’s 12 turnovers into nine points.

▪ The Deacons outscored the 49ers 12-4 on fast-break points, which was the difference in the first half.

▪ Former Deacons guard and West Charlotte High alum Justin Gray is in his first year as Wake Forest’s director of player development. Gray was Chris Paul’s backcouart mate for two seasons and left as the program’s eighth all-time scorer in 2006. Gray played professionally overseas for 12 seasons.

▪ The 49ers were without freshman guard Cooper Robb, who is out for a month with a stress fracture in his right foot. Robb had started the 49ers’ first six games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.0 assists. Sophomore Jailan McGill replaced Robb in the lineup.

▪ There was a familiar face to the 49ers on the Deacons’ bench. Andrien White, who played two seasons for Charlotte, transferred to Wake Forest and is sitting out this season.

They said it

“He said he was all right. He had a good second half.” - Manning, talking about Hoard getting sick during warmups.

“I told them this. If it bothers you how you feel you played as an individual and a team, be encouraged. If it didn’t, that’s a problem. Remember this feeling.” - Sanchez.

“I asked our coaches if any of them could get on the floor and help us out. We’re down in numbers.” - Sanchez.

WAKE FOREST 80, CHARLOTTE 56

Charlotte

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Mangum

33

2-8

0-1

4

3

5

Supica

19

4-6

0-0

3

5

8

Davis

38

6-13

8-11

3

1

21

Martin

38

1-10

1-2

9

2

3

McGill

23

1-3

0-0

3

3

2

Younger

27

5-9

0-0

5

3

11

Haslem

17

2-3

0-0

2

5

4

Kitoko

5

0-2

0-0

1

0

0

Blight

1

1-1

0-0

0

0

2

Totals

200

22-55

9-14

30

22

56

Percentages: FG .400, FT .643. 3-Point Goals: 3-18, .167 (Younger 1-2, Davis 1-4, Mangum 1-4, McGill 0-1, Kitoko 0-2, Martin 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 14 (5 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Mangum 3, Haslem 2, Younger). Turnovers: 15 (Davis 4, Mangum 3, Haslem 2, McGill 2, Younger 2, Martin, Team 1). Steals: 5 (Davis, Mangum, Martin, McGill). Technical Fouls: None.

Wake Forest

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Hoard

22

5-8

2-5

8

0

12

Smart

10

0-0

1-2

2

3

1

Brown

30

4-8

5-6

5

1

14

Childress

32

4-9

4-6

5

1

13

Johnson

27

2-5

0-0

2

1

5

Mucius

24

6-10

2-2

4

0

16

Wright

22

2-6

0-0

3

2

5

Sarr

20

4-12

6-7

8

4

14

Okeke

7

0-1

0-0

0

2

0

Wynn

3

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

Spivey

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Bilas

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Lewis

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Buchanan

1

0-2

0-0

1

0

0

Totals

200

27-61

20-28

39

14

80

Percentages: FG .443, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Mucius 2-5, Wright 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Brown 1-4, Childress 1-5, Hoard 0-1, Sarr 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 8 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Smart 2, Brown, Okeke, Sarr, Wynn). Turnovers: 8 (Childress 2, Hoard 2, Brown, Johnson, Sarr, Smart). Steals: 7 (Childress 4, Brown, Johnson, Mucius). Technical Fouls: None.

Charlotte

22

34

56

Wake Forest

32

48

80

A—5,248 (14,665).

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