Feb. 24, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte shot 60 percent in the first half and never looked back as the 49ers routed Saint Joseph's, 95-58, in Atlantic 10 men's basketball action at Halton Arena. The loss is the fifth in the row for the Hawks (9-19; 3-11 A-10), while Charlotte (19-8; 9-4) snaps a three-game losing streak.
Charlotte jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first four minutes and then increased it to 26-9 by the 10:35 mark. Ian Andersen paced the 49ers, going 5-for-5 from the field with four 3-pointers. The home team held a 50-23 halftime lead as it made 18-for-30 from the floor and converted 6-of-9 3-pointers. Saint Joseph's struggled from behind the arc, making 1-of-13 shots.
The 49ers didn't let up in the second half and built its lead to 30-plus points in the opening minutes of the half, 56-25, Charlotte took its biggest lead of the game, 74-34, at 10:43 on a 3-pointer by reserve Gokhan Sirin.
Saint Joseph's, which was outrebounded 43-35, shot 34.8 percent in the game, but was just 3-for-27 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range. It was the largest losing margin of the season for the Hawks, who remain winless on the road in the Atlantic 10 (0-7).
Charlotte had five players in double figures led by Andersen with 19 on 7-for-10 shooting. Shaman Spears had 17 points for the 49ers, who shot 56.9 percent for the game.
The Hawks have a rare weekend off before playing the final two games of the regular season next week. SJU will look to keep its Atlantic 10 Tournament hopes alive when it visits George Washington on March 2 and hosts La Salle on March 6 at Hagan Arena.