49ers Explode In Second Half To Down Mean Green Hoops
Charlotte Overcomes Mean Green Second-Half Lead And Pulls Away For 73-57 Win
Jeremy Combs earned his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards in the loss to Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A steal and breakaway dunk from Jordan Williams early in the second half had Charlotte on the ropes, but the 49ers came alive to down NT, 73-57, at Halton Arena.
At the moment of Williams's dunk, North Texas (7-9, 1-3 C-USA) was on top, 30-24, just 3:11 into the second half, and it appeared as if North Texas (7-9, 1-3 C-USA) had solved the 49ers (8-8, 2-2 C-USA) with a snarling defensive effort. NT had already picked up a season-high 12 of their eventual 14 steals just three minutes into the second half, and was holding Charlotte to 38.1 percent shooting.
That's when a trio of technical fouls called on NT ignited the 49ers. Charlotte hit seven free throws in a 16-2 run, which they eventually stretched into 31-8. After the Williams dunk, Charlotte out-scored NT by 22 points for the remainder of the game.
As always, Pierria Henry was the catalyst for the 49ers. The senior finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Williams led the Mean Green scoring efforts with 15 points, while Jeremy Combs tallied his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
• North Texas tallied a season-high 14 steals, and forced a season-high 24 turnovers.
• Jeremy Combs was huge on the defensive end of the floor. The freshman had a team-season-high five steals by halftime.
• Tonight was just the fourth meeting in the series between Charlotte and North Texas, and the 49ers now hold a 3-1 edge.
• With 15 points tonight, Jordan Williams his march toward the top 10 scorers in NT history. Williams now ranks 12th in program history with 1,283 career points.
• Jordan Williams started his 80th game and played in his 99th game in a North Texas uniform.
North Texas continues its travels up the eastern seaboard to Norfolk, Va., and Old Dominion. Tipoff against the Monarchs on Saturday night is slated for 6 p.m.