Thursday, November 21, 2013

Observations (from afar) on 49ers' victory against K-State

I'm not on the basketball trip to Puerto Rico (opting for Morehead State instead this weekend). But here are a few observations from television on the 49ers' 68-61 victory against Kansas State (the 49ers face Northeastern, a 63-56 winner against Georgetown) at 2:30 Friday:

-- The TV guys kept harping on it, and they were right: Charlotte's offensive rebounding did in the Wildcats. The 49ers outrebounded K-State 46-34, including 17-13 on the offensive end. Mike Thorne (16 points, 11 rebounds, five offensive) and Willie Clayton (10 points, 10 rebounds, six offensive) helped keep the ball alive after missed shots.

-- Even with Thorne and Clayton both fouled out, the 49ers held off the Wildcats in the final minutes. Denzel Ingram, playing for the first time this season, hit a huge 3 pointer right after Thorne fouled out to give the 49ers a six-point lead. Ingram's return was key and he also helped take a lot of the ball-handling pressure off Pierria Henry.

-- The 49ers were 6 of 7 from the free throw line in the final 37 seconds. Henry made all four of his. Henry's line: 10 points, nine assists, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 3 steals  -- and 8 turnovers.

-- Terrence Williams continues to struggle with his shot. He was 1 for 9 Thursday and is now shooting 22.7 for the season.


Unknown said...

Good to see the late-game free throw shooting is back. We should be undefeated.

So whatever happened to Georgetown? When the pairings for this tournament were first published, ESPN started screaming from the rooftop that Georgetown was more of a lock to win this than the sun rising in the East in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Great weekend for 49er sports.

Anonymous said...

Bigs getting it done. Really impressed by Thorne. This team is very young and that was a big win.

Anonymous said...

Crickets. Speaks Major volumes.

Anonymous said...

lol @ ANON 8:16 AM.

Great win Niners!

Anonymous said...

Haters gonna hate!!

Majors is do in it BIG!!!