The Charlotte 49ers fell to the Georgia Bulldogs 77-69 in a hard-fought benefit exhibition game. The proceeds from the game are going to the April 30th Remembrance Fund.
Jordan Shepherd led the 49ers with 16 points while registering five assists. Jahmir Young scored 14 points and secured seven rebounds with three steals and three assists. Cooper Robb added 10 points off the bench.
The Bulldogs had four players score in double figures led by Tyree Crump’s 19 points. The 49ers aggressive defense held top prospect Anthony Edwards to 15 points.
After Georgia started the game on a big run, the 49ers trailed 19-6 with 12:28 remaining in the first half. The 49ers then went on a 15-0 run that ended with a Milos Supica layup with 8:48 left, giving the 49ers a 21-19 lead. Amidou Bamba’s emphatic dunk extended Charlotte’s lead to 28-23 at the 4:53 mark. The 49ers kept their lead for the remainder of the half for a 37-33 lead at halftime.
The second half started slow with both teams not scoring in the first minute and a half. Both teams were going back-and-forth midway through the second half as the game was tied at 55 with 9:35 remaining. The Bulldogs closed out the game on a 12-1 run to capture the win 77-69.
“We have a lot of new guys and to be under the lights against an opponent of that caliber was great for us,” said Charlotte 49ers Head Coach Ron Sanchez. “Overall, I think that there’s some things we need to improve on; there were also things that we did well. We’ll watch the film, we’ll learn and we’ll grow. I am definitely pleased with the overall effort.”
Overall, Sanchez was proud of the effort from his young players and the atmosphere for the game.
“I just want to say thank you to all the fans tonight who came out to this game,” Sanchez said. “It means a lot to have our campus community be here for this special game. I also would like to thank the University of Georgia for agreeing to come and join us. It is nice to compete against an opponent like and to get an SEC opponent in our building. I really am thankful to their athletic department and to Georgia Coach Tom Crean for agreeing to come play in this contest today.”
Charlotte begins the regular season in Harrisonburg, Va. at James Madison on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.