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Charlotte 49ers’ losing streak continues with 28-point loss to Miami

Miami forward Kamari Murphy puts up a shot over Charlotte center Joseph Uchebo Saturday in Miami’s win.
Miami forward Kamari Murphy puts up a shot over Charlotte center Joseph Uchebo Saturday in Miami’s win. AP

Junior point guard Braxton Ogbueze’s streak of 39 consecutive starts is over, but the 49ers’ losing streak continues.

The No. 21 Miami Hurricanes earned an 88- 60 win against the 49ers on Saturday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.

“Braxton’s been struggling,” 49ers coach Mark Price of Ogbueze, who scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting. “I thought coming off the bench might help him.”

It was the fifth straight loss for Charlotte (1-7), which will return home to face Campbell Wednesday.

Miami (7-1) got off to a 9-1 start in the game and was challenged only briefly as the 49ers closed their deficit to 9-5. But the Hurricanes quickly answered, built a 30-point lead in the first half and played a couple of their walk-ons in the final minutes of the game.

Charlotte shot 34.3 percent, including just 3 of 18 on 3-pointers. Miami shot 53.7 percent.

Three who mattered

▪ Miami sophomore point guard Ja’Quan Newton, who started his first game of the season, led all scorers with 14 points. He also had a game-high six assists and just one turnover.

▪ Center Joseph Uchebo led the 49ers in scoring with 12 points and added nine rebounds and three steals.

▪ Forward Bernard Sullivan, Charlotte’s leading scorer, was held to five points – seven under his average. But he still contributed with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Observations

▪ 49ers center Benas Griciunas came off the bench to score a season-high 11 points. He started the first four games before losing his front-line job, but Price was encouraged by his effort against Miami.

▪ Charlotte has lost five straight in its series against Miami, including three since the start of last season. The 49ers’ next trip to South Florida should be easier since they will face FIU (4-4) on Jan. 28 and Florida Atlantic (1-5) on Jan. 30.

▪ In the first half, Miami point guard Angel Rodriguez injured the same wrist that caused him to miss several games last season. Rodriguez returned, but Miami coach Jim Larranaga said it is a concern.

Worth mentioning

▪ Because of a lower-body injury, Miami senior shooting guard Sheldon McClellan came off the bench for the first time in his Miami career. McClellan, who had started 45 games in a row, still managed eight points and five assists.

▪ Charlotte forward Anthony Vanhook, who made his second start of the season and his first since Nov. 13, scored 10 points.

He said it

“I’m searching. It’s just the coach trying to find a lineup that will work.” Price on benching point guard Ogbueze

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