Drew Edwards MBB

Drew Edwards drives around the defense

The Charlotte 49ers look to build momentum after a dominant victory over USC Upstate on Saturday, Nov. 30. The offense was running on all cylinders, putting up a season-high 83 points. The defense was dominant as well, allowing a season-low 47 points. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Niners will look to gain their fourth win of the year when they go up against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs.

Players to watch

Drew Edwards, Charlotte: Edwards has been a reliable player for Charlotte this year. His offensive efficiency as well as his defensive play have made him a dangerous player overall. Edwards has averaged 12 points per game this year so far. He also has shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from three. Not only has he shot the ball well, but he has also taken care of the ball by averaging just over one turnover a game. As stated earlier, Edwards defensive ability makes him a threat. He has gotten in the passing lanes and has averaged 1.5 steals per game.

LJ Thorpe, UNC Asheville: The sophomore guard has been an efficient offensive player and a deadly defensive player for the bulldogs. Thorpe has averaged 12 points this year and has shot just under 56 percent from the field. He also has the ability to shoot the three if he needs to but he does not shoot them often. So far he has made four of eight shots from behind the three-point line. Thorpe also has a team-leading 16 defensive rebounds and averages just over two steals per game. 

Keys to the game

Force bad shots

One aspect of the game that was impressive on Saturday, Nov. 30 was Charlotte’s ability to force USC Upstate into shots late in the shot clock. There were plenty of times that the Spartans had to put up a shot that they did not want to because of that Niner defense. UNC Asheville will more than likely be forced into similar situations. The question will be whether or not Charlotte have the same success they did on Saturday against UNC Asheville.

Free throws

One of Charlotte’s biggest strengths so far this season has been their ability to shoot free throws. So far the Niners are ranked 16th in the country in free throw percentage, shooting 78.6 percent. They have also been able to get to the free throw line fairly well. Charlotte continuing to get to the free throw line and making those shots will help them win this game.

Charlotte takes on UNC Asheville on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. inside Halton Arena.

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