Saturday, January 14, 2012

Observations from Saint Louis

Observations from Charlotte's 68-67 loss Saturday against Saint Louis, the 49ers' second straight Atlantic 10 defeat:

-- Tough day for freshman point guard Pierria Henry, who had eight turnovers (he also scored 10 points, had four rebounds, two assists and five steals. Four of those turnovers came in a stretch in which Charlotte turned it over on seven of eight second-half possessions.

“They did a good job in the open floor, trying to run him down and back-tip (the ball) him,” said coach Alan Major. “He’ll look at the film and see that teams structure their defenses a little bit. He’ll learn from it.”

-- It was “blackout” day at Halton Arena. The 49ers wore black uniforms and asked their fans to wear that color, too. The last time Charlotte wore black, it beat Tennessee last season in Time Warner Cable Arena.

-- Saint Louis’s leading scorers were both substitutes – Cody Ellis, who scored 17 points in 32 minutes and Mike McCall Jr., who had 16 in 30 minutes. They took the places of starting center Rob Loe and forward Dwayne Evans. Billikens coach Rick Majerus’ explanation was that Loe was “soft” and Evans didn’t play well in a recent loss against Temple.

-- The 49ers’ get a break from conference play on Wednesday, hosting Kennesaw State. Charlotte is at George Washington next Saturday.

-- Charlotte’s 54.3 percent shooting was its second highest of the season. The 49ers made 55.8 percent of their shots in a victory against Wright State.

-- Charlotte reserve center Ilija Ivankovic was out for a second consecutive game with a head injury.


Anonymous said...

UNCC 49ers and the half bald coach going down again? Weird looking haircut he has.

Anonymous said...

Pitiful fundamentals on display yesterday. Many of what appeared to be a good crowd walked out truly disappointed in defensive effort and lack of focus in second half. How does a poor offensive team lke SLU score 40-plus in second half after that first half showing? I will tell you why... wide open 3-point looks, not boxing out, youth and lack of fundamentals.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Coach Major is powerless to dictate tempo.

Anonymous said...

If we ever got decent officiating we would be in the final four!
A10 refs are horrible!

Anonymous said...

I like the way Majors loses better than the way Lutz won. This program is headed in the right direction!

Anonymous said...

To anon at 10:53 AM

Saint Louis is a better offensive team then Charlotte, both in PPG and shooting %'s.

Anonymous said...

I just wish Alan would get a "T" some game.

Majerus worked the officials like a "rib". They were completely worried about him. Alan should have got a "T", Saturday. At least the fans would have known he cared.