Last Year's Buzzer Beater Still Fresh As NT Returns To Charlotte
C-USA's Three Highest Scoring Freshmen On The Floor Thursday When NT Takes On 49ers
North Texas (7-8, 1-2 C-USA) at Charlotte (7-8, 1-2 C-USA)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Pierria Henry juked to his right and tossed up a lob pass to Terrence Williams cutting left across the baseline. Williams slammed home the alley-oop just before the red light on the backboard came to life, and Charlotte's Halton Arena exploded in celebration.
That dunk at the buzzer completed a 13-point second half comeback and gave the 49ers a key 76-74 win over North Texas.
That was the first C-USA road swing of 2013-14 for NT, but that game proved costly two months later at the C-USA Tournament, as Charlotte would enter the league showdown one game ahead of North Texas in the standings. That alley-oop ended up being the difference in receiving a first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament.
Every loss stings, but few in recent Mean Green history came with the immediate heartbreak of a buzzer-beater and the lasting implications of a major opportunity lost.
Those feelings serve as the backdrop to North Texas' return trip to Charlotte almost exactly a year later.
NT will still have to contend with Henry and Williams, as well as a pair of high-scoring freshman guards in Torin Dorn and Keyshawn Woods. Dorn leads all C-USA freshmen with 12.4 points per game, while Woods is third at 9.1 per game.
The Mean Green counters with a top notch freshman of its own, and a much-improved defense. Jeremy Combs ranks second among all C-USA freshmen in scoring at 9.3 points, and leads all freshmen in the league in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocks.
NT is holding its opponents to 39.6 percent shooting, which is the lowest mark in recorded history of NT basketball (accurate opponent records date to 1962-63). NT is holding teams to 32.0 percent from 3-point, which ranks 4th in school history, and the 67.4 points allowed per game ranks third.