Minutemen Drop Heartbreaker To Charlotte, 69-64, In OT
Jan. 21, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers used a late rally to force overtime before outscoring the Minutemen, 14-9 in the extra session to hand the UMass men's basketball team another crushing road loss, 69-64, on Wednesday night at Halton Arena. The game marked by huge runs also featured an 18-1 UMass run coming after the 49ers staged an 18-0 run. The Minutemen fall to 7-10 on the season, 2-2 in A-10 play, while Charlotte snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 6-11, 1-3 in the A-10.
The 49ers scored nine of the final 12 points in regulation to erase a 52-46 UMass lead. It was capped off by two consecutive 3-pointers from Ian Anderson.
Charlotte kept the momentum going with an 8-2 run to begin the overtime period, a margin that proved too much for the Minutemen to overcome.
Luke Bonner tied his career-high with 15 points and set a new career-high with 11 rebounds. Ricky Harris finished with 19 points, Anthony Gurley netted 10, and Tony Gaffney had nine points to go along with 13 boards.
Charlotte was led by Lamont Mack with 23 points, 15 of which came after halftime. Anderson was the only other 49er in double figures, netting 13.
Each team shot 36 percent from the field. The Minutemen shot 32 percent from behind the 3-point arc (10-31) while the 49ers were 39 percent (10-26). Charlotte won the battle of the boards, 44-38.
The 49ers rode the momentum from a 10-0 run to end the first half, scoring the first eight points of the second to break a 29-29 tie. Harris made it 37-31 with 17:17 remaining in regulation to snap UMass' 6:13 scoreless drought.
Mack's third 3-pointers in the first 3:19 of the second made it 40-31 with 16:41 to go.
The Minutemen erased a nine-point deficit with a 12-0 run, capped off by two David Gibbs baskets for a 45-42 advantage.
UMass extended its run to 18-1, which included a rare 3-pointer from Gaffney. The Minutemen defense held the 49ers without a field goal for 7:49.
A Gaffney slam dunk sandwiched between 3-pointers from Bonner and Harris gave the Minutemen an early 8-0 lead. UMass held Charlotte scoreless until 15:15 remaining in the first half when an An'Juan Wilderness layup cut the score to 8-2.
After a Gurley 3-pointer, UMass was held scoreless for the next 4:05, as Charlotte used a 9-2 run to trim a nine point deficit to two at 13-11.
The Minutemen responded with a 12-4 run of their own, led by Bonner and Harris who each netted five, allowing UMass to open its largest lead of the game, 25-15. After trading baskets over the next 2:31, the 49ers made a 10-0 surge over the final 3:31 of the first half, highlighted by two alley oops to Charlie Cooley, which tied the score at 29 heading into the locker room.
UMass returns home on Saturday at 4 p.m. to host La Salle on 1980s celebration night.
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