After trailing by as much as 13 points in the second half, Charlotte (10-7, 4-2 C-USA) came back and were within one score from winning but the Niners fell short and lost to Old Dominion on the road, 66-62.
Both teams got off to a slow start as Old Dominion only led 6-4 through the first five minutes of the game. However, Charlotte would commit five turnovers on their next six possessions which would lead to easy layups on the other end for the Monarchs. With Charlotte trailing 19-13, the Niners were then led by Jahmir Young and Jordan Shepherd, who made his first three of the game to cut the lead down to one with 3:23 remaining in the first half. Old Dominion then scored eight of the final 11 points in the first half, giving the Monarchs a 32-26 lead heading into the second half.
After Old Dominion took a seven-point lead early in the second half, Charlotte responded with back-to-back three pointers from Malik Martin and Drew Edwards. With Old Dominion leading 33-32, the Monarchs went on an 11-1 run, capped off by a fast break layup from Kalu Ezikpe. Charlotte scored the next five points after a layup from Martin and a made three from Shepherd. After cutting the lead down to six, the Monarchs scored the next seven points led by AJ Oliver, making it a 13-point deficit for the Niners.
As Charlotte trailed 57-47 with under five minutes remaining, Edwards score the next six points in the game, cutting the lead down to four points. After both teams exchanged layups, the Niners would trail by four points heading into the final minute of the game. Malik Curry made a pair of free throws for the Monarchs, Shepherd made a three on the other end, cutting the lead down to three with 25 seconds remaining. After a Monarchs made free throw, Shepherd converted on a layup to make it a two point game. With under 15 seconds remaining, the Niners needed a steal on the Monarchs inbound pass but could not get it as Ezikpe scored an easy bucket to seal the win.
Charlotte finished the game with four players in double figures, led by Edwards with 18, Shepherd with 15, Young with 11, and Martin with 10. The Niners also made 11 three-pointers in the game, eight of which came in the second half.
Jason Wade led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Monarchs. Oliver finished the game with 12 points and Curry ended with 11.
Charlotte returns to action when the Niners host the FAU Owls at Halton Arena on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.