Observations from the 49ers' 74-65 victory against La Salle on Wednesday:
-- Defense did it again for the 49ers, as they opened their Atlantic 10 season with a win. Charlotte (13-2, 1-0) held the Explorers to 32.5 percent shooting, better than their Atlantic 10-leading 36.8 percent entering the game. The 49ers also held down La Salle's 3-point shooters -- especially Ramon Galloway -- to a 4 of 29 night. Galloway, the league's leading scorer, had 23 on 7-of-29 shooting (3 of 14 from 3-point range). La Salle had entered the game ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in 3-point percentage (38.4)
-- Point guard Pierria Henry is getting more dangerous as an offensive threat as he drives the lane and puts up short, floating jumpers or finds his way free for a layup. But he also acknowledged after the game that he needs to work on his decision making in the face of pressure (he had six turnovers).
J.T. Thompson and La Salle’s Tyrone Garland
were teammates at Virginia Tech before they both transferred. They never
actually played together because Thompson missed the 2010-11 and ’11-12 seasons
with knee injuries.
-- The 49ers’ Terrence Williams has been mired in a shooting slump. But he makes up for it with hustle plays – he dove for a loose ball that a La Salle player seemed sure to get in the first half, turning the ball over to
’s E. Victor Nickerson wore pinkish-orange
shoes, not exactly in the 49ers’ color scheme. Charlotte
-- The 49ers and Explorers had a common opponent in the nonconference season:
. The Hurricanes handled Miami 77-46 and beat
La Salle 76-59 after leading by six points at halftime. Charlotte
-- The 49ers' now 13-2 record still doesn't seem to have caught the fancy of the Charlotte area. A crowd of 5,754 (slightly higher than Charlotte's average of 5,584 entering the game and which included a strong student presence) watched Wednesday's game. Charlotte ranks sixth in home attendance in the Atlantic 10 (Dayton leads at 12,243).
-- The last time Charlotte was 13-2 was 1994-95. The 49ers went on to win the Metro Conference title in their final season in that league.