Miami Snaps Charlotte 49ers Five-Game Streak, 76-61
Halton Arena — The Miami Hurricanes (7-4) hit three-pointers on five straight second-half possessions to break open a one-point game on their way to a 76-61 road victory over the Charlotte 49ers (7-3).
The loss snapped the 49ers five-game win streak.
“That was a very good Miami team. They came in and played really well. They came in and were very, very steady from tip to buzzer,” said 49ers head coach Alan Major. “It’s very disappointing to lose a game — and to lose it in that fashion. We’ve got to continue to take the steps and continue to improve and we’ll do that.”
Charlotte trailed by seven at the half but scored the first five points of the second half to fight right back into the game. A Derrio Green three-pointer with 16:26 remaining brought Charlotte to within one, 37-36, before Miami heated up from outside.
The Hurricanes hit threes on their next five possessions. Trey McKinney Jones and Kenny Kadji got the roll started and Rion Brown added the next two before Charlotte was able to stop the run with a three-pointer from Chris Braswell. Kadji answered again right back with his second three to give Miami a 13-point lead, 52-39 with 13:07 left.
Charlotte would get to within nine, 62-53, on a pair of Pierria Henry foul shots with 4:30 to play but Kenny Kadji’s three-point play capped a 7-1 Miami run that made it a 15-point game, 69-54 with 2:50 left.
Miami shot 54% for the game — the highest field goal pct. the 49ers have allowed this year. In the second half, Miami shot .577, including 5-of-10 three-pointers (50%).
Charlotte trailed 31-24 at the half despite shooting just .269 from the field. The 49ers held their own on the glass (16-16) and had four steals to force six turnovers while committing only five themselves, but hit just 2-12 threes (.167).
In the second half, the 49ers shot .364, including a .545 percentage from three-point range (6-of-11), but Miami enjoyed a 22-14 rebounding advantage in the half.
The 49ers were led by Chris Braswell’s 12-point effort. Javarris Barnett added nine points as Charlotte was held to its third-lowest point total of the season. Henry added eight points, four assists and three steals for the 49ers.
Kadji led all scorers with 18 points for Miami while Durand Scott scored 14 and Reggie Johnson and Brown added 11.
“This game right here was a humbling experience,” Barnett said. “It humbled us a little bit. We just got to come back next week and pick up where we left off — being tough-minded and go with the game plan and execute — and be ready for the next game.”
The 49ers will hit the road for the last two non-conference road games at Arkansas, Dec. 28 and Memphis, Dec. 31.