Thursday, January 30, 2014

Observations from Charlotte's victory over FAU

Observations from the 49ers' 62-53 victory over FAU:

-- The 49ers cleaned up a lot of what's been ailing them in the last few weeks. Most notably was the defensive effort, which limited FAU to 37.5 shooting from the field, 26.1 percent from 3-point range. Of Charlotte 42 rebounds, 29 were defensive, as well. Forward Willie Clayton said that was a point of emphasis a practice this week.

It was also a season low for points allowed for the 49ers.

"If you hold a team to 37.5 percent shooting, you're not going to lose too many games," said coach Alan Major.

The 49ers also committed just 11 turnovers and went 16-of-20 (80 percent) from the line.

-- Owls coach Mike Jarvis compared Major to Red Auerbach. Well, kind of. Well, not really. But here's what he said about 49ers sixth man Shawn Lester and his game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds:

“He had a big time effect. He’s a weapon. It’s very smart of (Major) to have a guy like that.
“There used to be a guy in Boston named Red Auerbach who liked to have his sixth man normally be one of his best players. I wish I could be afforded that luxury.”

-- Denzel Ingram, who has been 1-2 the Conference USA 3-point accuracy rankings with teammate Ben Cherry, has cooled off significantly recently. Ingram missed all three of his 3-pointers against FAU. He's 0-for-10 over the last four games after going 16 of 24 in the five previous games.   

-- There was a brief video tribute and moment of silence before the game for former 49ers great Lew Massey, who died last week.

-- Florida International (11-10, 3-3), Charlotte's Saturday opponent at Halton, lost 80-68 at Marshall on Thursday.


Anonymous said...

Wow. What excitement. Not. 60 points and not decided until last minute. So sad. What we have become.

Trace said...

Listened to game from Japan. Sounded like 100 people in attendance?

Anonymous said...

You shouldn't call yourself a 49er fan if you don't come to games anymore! Maybe we can get some Panther players to come to the games to drum up publicity?? Cam Newton in the front row.. or Keckly!!

Anonymous said...

Everyone should cut Major some slack. This team has a real lack of depth this year because of all the transfers. I mean seriously! with only two legit big guys (Clayton & Thorne)this team cant be expected to compete for a tournament birth. Look for the team to be much better next year when Sullivan and Ogbueze are eligible.Plus incoming freshman Keyshawn Woods should be a solid player as well.

Anonymous said...

Hey Cut Slack Guy at 12:11... He is think with the roster because his own recruits quit on him. Every off-season -- some in-season -- players quit on this guy. No leadership at all.

Gavin said...


And what happens when 3 more leave?

I suppose next hear same chord is strummed