Charlotte men’s basketball coach Mark Price shuffled the starting lineup again for Wednesday’s nonconference game against Campbell.
While the 49ers came close with the lineup change, the end result remained the same – a 76-70 loss to the Camels at Halton Arena.
Braxton Ogbueze had a season-high 24 points and reserve Jon Davis added 19 (also a season best) for Charlotte (1-8), which suffered its sixth consecutive loss.
After trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the 49ers pulled within a point three times, the last 71-70 on Andrien Scott’s 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 15 seconds left.
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But Campbell (5-2) scored the game’s final five points, and held Charlotte without a field goal in eight attempts, to win its fourth straight.
Chris Clemons scored a game-high 26 points for the Camels, who had three other players finish in double figures. D.J. Mason added 16 points, Kyre’ Hamer had 12 and Shane Whitfield 10.
Against Campbell, Price went with Ogbueze, White and Curran Scott at guards, Bernard Sullivan at forward and Joseph Uchebo at center – the sixth different starting lineup in nine games.
Yet the 49ers struggled out of the gate, missing 10 of their first 12 shots (including 0-for-6 on 3-point attempts) as the Camels led by as many as 14 points in the first half.
However, after Clemons’ third 3-pointer of the half put Campbell up 27-13 with 6:57 left, Charlotte finally began getting the ball in the basket, thanks to Davis.
Davis, who had started the past five games, scored 10 of his 13 first-half points over the final seven minutes. His three-point play with 3.4 seconds remaining pulled the 49ers to 37-34 at the break.