Charlotte (4-3) dominated the second half to continue their winning streak, defeating George Washington (1-6) 66-65.
Charlotte has won three straight games and has momentum heading into conference play. The Niners played outstanding defense in the second half and were able to get three players into double figures.
In the first half, Charlotte started out the game poorly and fell behind 11-0. Charlotte would bounce back and this was due to the play of sophomore guard Brice Williams who would score the first points of the game for the Niners. Williams would finish the first half with five points on 2-2 shooting from the field as well as bringing in two rebounds.
Charlotte would also get production from senior guard Jordan Shepherd who was also a bright spot for the Niners in the first half. Shepherd would finish the half with seven points on 3-7 shooting from the field and he was able to make a single three. Shepherd also moved the ball around well, finishing with two assists.
Senior forward Milos Supica was off to a good start out of the gate for the Niners. Supica had four points in the first half and only missed one shot.
The Niners were shooting only 40.7% from the field in the first half which was something Charlotte set out to fix in the second half. Charlotte picked it up from deep in the first half by shooting 42.9% from three.
The score at the end of the first half would be 33-27 in favor of George Washington. Charlotte did struggle in the beginning of the game but picked it up in the final 10 minutes to be within striking distance. Charlotte came out of the locker room, looking to play better defense as well as taking better shots.
In the second half, Charlotte would come out of the locker room with a changed mindset and couldn’t miss. This was all because of Jhery Matos who gave Charlotte their first lead of the game. Matos recorded seven points on 3-7 shooting from the field and 1-3 from three. Matos was the spark that got Charlotte back in the game.
Milos Supica recorded double digit rebounds for the second game in a row. Supica was, once again, a huge force in the paint as he was able to bring down ten rebounds for the Niners. Supica didn’t allow any second chances for the Colonials and he was a big reason for the win.
Sophomore guard Jahmir Young once again would be a leader for the Niners and was huge down the stretch. Young scored 21 points for Charlotte on 7-20 shooting from the field. Young, who was close to his hometown of Hyattsville, Maryland, was able to perform well and helped Charlotte to get another win.
The three players in double figures for Charlotte were Young with 21 points, Shepherd with 16 and Williams with ten.
The Niners get their third win in a row against George Washington by a score of 66-65. The game was a thriller and went down to the wire but in the end, Shepherd was able to hit two free throws to seal the win. Going into conference play, Charlotte has a lot to prove and will be riding high.
Charlotte will return home to Halton Arena to play in their next two games. The Niners open up Conference USA play with a double header against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Thursday, Jan. 1 and Friday, Jan. 2. Both games will be broadcasted on Charlotte’s Athletic YouTube Channel at 4 p.m.