Saturday, January 7, 2012

Observations from St. Joe's

PHILADELPHIA -- 49ers freshman guard Pierria Henry is your early favorite for Atlantic 10 rookie of the year. He had another impact game in Saturday's 57-52 victory against Saint Joseph's, hitting the clinching free throws after a key steal, scoring 11 points, grabbing five rebounds and committing no turnovers. His four steals will keep him among the nation's leaders (he entered the game averaging 2.8).

-- Charlotte junior guard Jamar Briscoe passed the 1,000-point mark for his career Saturday with his 11 points against Saint Joseph’s. Briscoe now has 1,008 points (535 came his first season of college ball at N.C. Central, where he was the nation’s second-leading freshman scorer).

-- Next up for the 49ers is a trip Wednesday to Massachusetts. The Minutemen (12-3, 1-0 A-10) play at La Salle on Sunday. They're another of the several teams in the league that have made big strides this season (Charlotte, Saint Joseph's and La Salle) among them.

-- The 49ers had 13 steals and forced 16 turnovers against the Hawks. Charlotte scored 18 points off those turnovers, and had a maddening stretch in the second half where it had trouble converting them -- or making any kind of basket, for that matter. The 49ers went nine minutes without a field goal.

-- The 49ers pride themselves on getting loose balls and doing the “little things.” That was apparent in the first half when Pierria Henry and Chris Braswell got around Saint Joseph’s box-outs and corralled rebounds off 49ers missed free throws.

-- Best looking shoes, or at least most noticeable: Briscoe’s Day-Glo green Nikes.

-- Best dunk: A twisting alley-oop by Hawks center C.J. Aiken, who had to reach back to grab the pass, but threw it down anyway.

-- Freshman guard Terrence Williams (West Mecklenburg High) is picking up the minutes left by the departed Luka Voncina. Williams played 16 minutes against St. Joseph’s and had seven rebounds, six of them defensive.

-- Derrio Green is now tied with Rodney Odom for 29th on Charlotte's career scoring list with 905.

-- Saint Joseph's freshman guard Chris Wilson, who played 24 minutes against Charlotte, is from Fayetteville's Terry Sanford High.


Anonymous said...

Why did Davidson's measly game against another ho-hum Southern Conference team get major headlines on the Observer's website when the Niners' win over St Joes was "hidden" and listed as a sub-topic of Davidson's "big" win? The last time I checked Niner fans outnumber Davidson fans in Charlotte by about 5 to 1.

Anonymous said...

Well, Chapel Hill fans outnumber us Niner fans by way more than 5 to 1, so I think another argument is called for if you want more Charlotte coverage. Personally, I'd like to read more about all the local teams, Davidson included, but it isn't going to happen because of the way the local paper chooses to allocate its meager resources. Change comes slowly.

Anonymous said...

Does it seem like we have 205 away games. We are on the road all the time!

Anonymous said...

don't you guys see hoe profitable the observers focus on the ACC has made them. LOL

Anonymous said...

Y'all are wasting your time complaining about the 49er coverage at the Charlotte Tar Heel. As long as they continue with 90% of the sports staff holding UNC-CH degrees, the 49ers are never going to get equal time. I've made peace with it and go to for 49er game recaps; they appear much faster there.

I'm glad we're 2-0 in league play, but I'm very troubled at how long we can go on droughts. If we go 9 minutes with no buckets against UMass or Temple and we'll get beat by 50. I'm still hoping for a winning record and an NIT bid. That would be a successful season after last year's half a team nightmare.

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