-- After making 12-of-15 free throws in a first-round victory against Richmond (including eight of 11 in the final five seconds), Charlotte’s Pierria Henry was just one of three against Saint Louis. Charlotte made eight of nine in the first half, then slumped to four of 13 in the second half.-- The 49ers outrebounded Saint Louis 39-34, but had just 10 offensive rebounds and were outscored 28-24 in the paint by the Billikens.
-- Richmond coach Chris Mooney, who had two technical fouls and was ejected from Thursday’s loss against Charlotte, won’t face disciplinary action from the Atlantic 10, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
-- It was a tough tournament for 49ers guards not named Henry. Sophomore E. Victor Nickerson was a combined one-of-10 from the field, sophomore Terrence Williams four-of-17 and freshman Denzel Ingram one-of-10.
-- The Atlantic 10 will hold its Inaugural Legends Celebration before Saturday’s semifinals. Cedric Maxwell and Paula Bennett are Charlotte’s legends.
Friday, March 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Observations from Charlotte's 72-55 loss against Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament Friday:
-- For the 49ers, it’s the National Invitational Tournament or nothing.
At 21-11, Charlotte doesn’t have a resume strong enough to warrant consideration for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.
There are three other postseason tournaments nowadays in men’s basketball – the NIT, the College Basketball Invitational and Collegeinsider.com Tournament. But 49ers athletics director Judy Rose said the 49ers would only play in the NIT, if invited.
Rose said she told men’s coach Alan Major and women’s coach Cara Consuegra when they were hired that that the only postseason tournaments the 49ers will play in are the NCAA and the men’s and women’s NITs.
The 49ers women (24-5), upset by Temple in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament last week, are hopeful of receiving an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. Charlotte’s women have made the postseason 10 consecutive seasons, eight times in the WNIT.
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