CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Louisiana Tech is a team that averages 76.1 points per game, but that was not the case when they faced the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday.
Charlotte’s defense limited Louisiana Tech’s shooting to 27.8 percent from the field and 1-for-23 from beyond the three-point line.
Louisiana Tech would tie the game at 23 at the beginning of the 2nd half, but Charlotte would go on a 9-0 run to lead by 32-23 at the 16:16 mark. Then the 49ers defense stepped up big again, holding the Bulldogs without a field goal from the 12:41 mark of the second half to 1:25 remaining in the game.
“I’m very happy with our defensive effort tonight as a team,” Charlotte coach Ron Sanchez said. “The lesson today for us was we were thankful for what we learned from Thursday and this is a group that is learning and applying the lessons learned. Thursday, we had a nine point lead and we lost our way there at the end and the challenge yesterday when we watched film was what lesson is there for us. We discussed it and they did a great job today because I thought we were in the same spot with about seven minutes left and we started to lose our way again and they found a way to stay together. I am really pleased with the overall team effort, the fight and grit. I thought Jon’s (Davis) effort today was one of his best of the season in terms of being a leader.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Cooper Robb and Malik Martin each posted double figures with 12 and 10 points each, respectively. Robb went 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
The 49ers conclude their three-game home stand this Monday, January 21, hosting the Old Dominion Monarchs inside Halton Arena. Tip-off is slated for a 4 p.m. start.