Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Final: Dayton 81, Charlotte 63

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The Charlotte 49ers season is over.
The 49ers squandered a seven-point halftime lead and were overpowered by Dayton in the second half losing 81-63 to the No. 8 seed Flyers at Boardwalk Hall. It's the second consecutive season Charlotte has lost its first game in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament.
Charlotte ends its season 14-16, head coach Bobby Lutz's second losing season in nine years as head coach.
Leemire Goldwire scored a team-high 23 for Charlotte, but it was not enough. The 49ers couldn't stop Dayton guard Brian Roberts in the second half.
Dayton (19-11) advances to play No. 1 seed Xavier at noon Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals.

Below are in-game blog entries:

2:56 second, Dayton 69, Charlotte 57, media timeout: Charlotte's Drayton will go to the line for two shots when play resumes. The 49ers' Carlos Williams has fouled out.

4:54 second, Dayton 63, Charlotte 54, media timeout: Charlotte's Carlos Williams will go to the line for two free throws when play resumes after Dayton's Andres Sandoval fouled out. That was Dayton's 10th foul.

6:37 second, Dayton 61, Charlotte 52, media timeout: Dayton's Plummer was called for an offensive foul, his fourth foul of the game. The Flyers' Huelsman is also playing with four fouls. Charlotte ball when play resumes.

7:55 second, Dayton 58, Charlotte 50, Charlotte timeout: Dayton is on an 8-0 run and another Roberts 3-pointer forced Charlotte coach to call timeout.

9:18 second, Dayton 53, Charlotte 50, media timeout: After a missed shot by Charlotte's Carlos Williams, Dayton's Roberts hit a 3-pointer from the wing giving Dayton the lead. The Dayton fans are getting louder. More people seemed to have braved the weather and made it to the building in the second half.

11:36 second, Charlotte 50, Dayton 48, media timeout: Charlotte's Alexander will go to the line for two free throws when play resumes. Daytona used a 10-3 run to take a 47-45 lead, but the 49ers rallied with help from Goldwire, who now has 23 points.

15:32 second, Charlotte 45, Dayton 42, media timeout: Charlotte will have possession after Antwon Coleman's putback got stuck between the rim and backboard a jumpball was called. Dayton's Norman Plummer has been causing the 49ers fits inside.

Halftime observations:
  • Charlotte is getting excellent looks inside but has to make the layups. Jerell Jamison isn't always going to be there to sweep the boards for putbacks. The 49ers don't need to make the easy shots any harder.
  • Dayton guard Brian Roberts leads his team with seven points but the 49ers' defense has been good on him. He was held to just four shots in the first half.
  • Lucky most Charlotte fans planning to attend came Tuesday. The weather has all stranded the teams here at Boardwalk Hall for the time being. The 49ers contingent, sitting near the band, isn't large but it is very vocal. The loudest was on Leemire Goldwire's 4-point play.

Halftime: Charlotte 35, Dayton 28: Leemire Goldwire leads the way with 14 points for the 49ers who ended the first half with a 6-0 run, capped by Jerell Jamison's putback with 48 seconds remaining.

3:29 first, Charlotte 29, Dayton 24, media timeout: Charlotte will go to the line for a one-and-one when play resumes.

6:33 first, Charlotte 26, Dayton 20, media timeout: Goldwire was fouled on a 3-pointer and will go to line for a free throw when action resumes. He has 12 points already.

11:49 first, media timeout, Charlotte 15, Dayton 10. Dayton's Kurt Huelsman missed a jumper and fouled trying for rebound. Charlotte ball.

12:05 first, Dayton calls timeout: Charlotte on a 7-3 run. Alexander had a reverse layup, a open layup underneath by Courtney Williams and 3-pointer from Goldwire.

15:59 first, Charlotte 8, Dayton 7:
De'Angelo Alexander has five of Charlotte's eight points, sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Leemire Goldwire. If the crowd reaches 1,000 in the blizzard outside they'll be lucky.

A blizzard is going on outside and temperatures are in the high teens and low 20s, but Boardwalk Hall is ready to host its first Atlantic 10. Several hundred fans in attendance for the noon tipoff, with Dayton fans having the edge in numbers.


Justin said...

What is up with the scoreboard?

Anonymous said...

What's the atmosphere there? Is the crowd dead?

How are the niners reacting to Dayton's defense?

Anonymous said...

What a terrible season. Too bad they lost, but the storyline was predictable. This loss followed the template of losses all season. Take a lead into halftime, then blow it in the 2nd half. I'm glad the season is over. This ends the suffering...

Anonymous said...

The weather was bitter cold - but a blizzard? It was only 2 inches of snow!

Promise me that you won't contemplate eating anyone if you ever have to cover the Niners in Olean, NY.