Observations from the 49ers' 64-62 loss to Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday:
-- This is what happens when things are going as badly as they are these days for the 49ers. In victories earlier this season against Michigan and North Texas, Pierria Henry made plays at the end of both games (dishing to Terrence Williams) to win them. This time, UAB's Chad Frazier made the steal and the 49ers were on their way to their fifth consecutive loss and seventh in nine games.
Throw that final play in with two missed dunks by the springy-legged Shawn Lester and an unforced turnover by Henry on a fast break (that potentially could have given the 49ers a lead with less than four minutes left), and you know that there's nothing physically or mentally that's working for Charlotte now.
Said coach Alan Major after the game:
-- UAB's Frazier, who played at Concord's First Assembly Christian, grew up in Charlotte and was a teammate at West Mecklenburg High with the 49ers' Williams for a while. He said he was recruited by the 49ers, but wanted to play in college farther away from home.
-- More free throw problems: Charlotte was 8-of-15 (53.3 percent), just a few days after making 3 of 10 against Middle Tennessee. Willie Clayton missed all five his attempts and is under .500 for the season (49 percent). He's now under .500 for his career (48.7). The 49ers are shooting 65.6 percent as a team.
-- On a nice afternoon with baseball and softball games also being played on campus, the basketball game drew a crowd of 6,200, well above the season average of 5,048 entering the game.