Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Briscoe bouncing back

Point guard Jamar Briscoe seems to have regained his offensive mojo after scoring in single digits for four consecutive games.

Briscoe has had back-to-back 20 point-games against St. Bonaventure and Fordham and now is averaging 13.2 points, second on the team behind Derrio Green's 13.7.

A low point for Briscoe was a loss at Richmond last week, when he scored two points, missing all six of his shots.

"I really haven't done anything with him, but he's come back from a couple of tough games," said coach Alan Major. "He's gone in and worked with film to see where he can get better. Credit him for taking the bull by the horns and looking to see what he needs to do to improve. It's no shock to me: He loves the game and he's always going to find ways to get better."

Briscoe continues to get a feel for what Major wants from his point guard, however. He came to Charlotte as a score-first point guard (he was second in the nation in freshman scoring at N.C. Central two seasons ago). His assist-turnover ratio is essentially 1.0 (56 assists, 54 turnovers this season).

49ers notes

-- Charles Dewhurst has been practicing this week after missing the Fordham game with a strained groin. Look for him to be back Wednesday against UMass. Dewhurst has played in just one game this season because of knee and finger problems and now the groin injury.

-- Major will coach against Massachusetts in his bare feet to help raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that provides shoes to millions of people around the world.

The 49ers’ Samaritan’s Feet effort is being coordinated by 49ers track and field star Darius Law.

Fans are asked to bring new pairs of children’s athletic shoes or a monetary donation to the game. Donations will also be taken by texting “SHOES” to 85944 for an automatic $5 gift.

Charlotte-based Samaritan’s Feet’s goal is to provide shoes for 10 million people in the next 10 years.

-- Track and field news: 49ers junior Isaac McReynolds won his second consecutive Atlantic 10 performer of the week award after breaking the school record in the 60-meter hurdles at the Virginia Tech Invitational last weekend. McReynolds' time of 7.78 seconds is the second fastest in the nation this season.

McReynolds, from Charlotte's Vance High, also won the long jump at the meet (23-06).


Anonymous said...

You know what I like about Coach Major? His personality is to get guys to work and then he rewards them with recognition that thye did it, not him. Good for him.

PS - Don't mention "Dew-----". He'll get hurt again.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the article on Javarris Barnett in today's paper. Like the post above (at 10:55), I am happy that the kids are working hard to become better players. They have been rewarded. This team is only 9-8, but they play hard and play all 40 minutes.