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It was a tough weekend for the 49ers. 

After a tough back-and-forth battle that went into overtime, Charlotte (12-9, 6-4) lost to Southern Miss (7-16, 3-7) on Saturday Feb. 1, 74-68. 

Three players scored in double figures. Drew Edwards had 16, Jordan Shepherd scored 14 and Malik Martin put up 13. 

“We showed some toughness and the ability to make some plays,” Charlotte Head Coach Ron Sanchez said following the loss. “I like the way we played the last two minutes of regulation, that gave us an opportunity to play overtime.” 

Charlotte had a bit of a slow start. Southern Miss lead 17-9 with 9:40 to play and had control, but the 49ers went on a run as well. Following a 16-7 run, the 49ers led 25-24 after Edwards hit a three. 

It was a tight contest at halftime as it was tied up at 29. 

The second half belonged to the home team. After Charlotte held a small lead early in the half, Southern Miss started to separate themselves. The Golden Eagles led 60-51 with just two minutes to go.  

The 49ers put on a furious comeback. To close the game, Charlotte went on a 15-6 run. With three seconds left, Edwards hit a three from the corner to tie the game up. He had five points during the run. 

The score was tied at the end of regulation.

In overtime, both teams had trouble scoring. But Southern Miss was the first to strike to lead 68-66. Shepherd hit two free throws to tie it up, but Southern Miss scored the last six points to seal the game. 

Despite the loss, Charlotte scored 40 points in the paint for the fifth time this season. The 49ers also forced 17 turnovers and scored 27 points off those turnovers. 

Sanchez and company look to reflect on this game and move forward. 

“A lot of good things to take from this game,” Sanchez said. “We will celebrate the things that we did well and we will keep working on the things that we need to work on.”

The Niners are back in action at home on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. against UTEP.

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