More notes and observations from the Charlotte 49ers' 87-65 win Saturday night over 20th-ranked Louisville:
Charlotte needed this guy: Point guard DiJuan Harris handled constant fullcourt pressure from the Cardinals and finished the game with 12 points, a season-high seven assists and one turnover, which came in the final minutes of the game.
"If we don't have DiJuan Harris, we don't win this game," Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz said. "He totally negated the pressure. When he had the ball, they really could not affect us. We were able to do what we wanted to do."
How about those freshmen: Freshmen Chris Braswell, Shamarr Bowden and K.J. Sherrill combined for 40 points and 19 rebounds in Saturday's win. Braswell had his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bowden had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and Sherrill had three rebounds, two points and a steal in 11 minutes of action.
"The second half we came out and we needed to start off the first five minutes with the same intensity we started the game," said Braswell. "We came out, hit them hard and didn't let up."
Bowden said he was able to take advantage of Louisville's focus on Charlotte's inside game. "That opened up things for the outside," Bowden said, "and then as the game went on and they tried to stop the outside, we went back inside. They didn't know who to guard."
Who would have thought? Another big game, another clutch night from the free throw line for the 49ers. Charlotte made 17 of its 19 free throws (89.5 percent) in the game. The 49ers are now shooting 75.7 percent from the line for the season, which would be a record under 12-year coach Bobby Lutz if it holds up through the season.