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Charlotte (13-13) at St. Bonaventure (13-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reilly Center (5,480) -- St. Bonaventure, New York. Television: None. Home Record: UNCC 11-4, SBU 7-5. Away Record: UNCC 4-5, SBU 5-8. Neutral Record: UNCC 3-0, SBU 1-0. Conference Record: UNCC 6-7, SBU 6-7. Series Record: Charlotte leads, 7-5.
GAME NOTES: With both teams tied in the standings and a spot in the conference tournament on the line, the Charlotte 49ers have made the trek north to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup on Saturday night at the Reilly Center.
St. Bonaventure enters the game on a modest two-game win streak after topping the likes of Massachusetts and Duquesne. The Bonnies have not played since taking a 78-71 decision on the road at Duquesne last Saturday. Despite not playing during the week, the Bonnies moved from sole possession of 12th place in the A-10 standings into a four-way tie for ninth. One of those three teams the Bonnies are tied with at 6-7 is Charlotte, with the others being George Washington and Saint Joseph's. Only the top 12 teams in the 16-team conference qualify for the A-10 Tournament.
After falling to Dayton at home on Wednesday night, the 49ers have now lost three straight and five of their last six games overall.
The 49ers lead the all-time series, 7-5, but the Bonnies have won the last two meetings.
Daron Clark scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Charlotte lost at home to Dayton earlier this week. Terrence Williams scored 15 points off the bench, while Chris Braswell recorded his 70th career double-figure scoring game with 10 points.
Charlotte possesses the second-best field goal defense in the A-10, with opponents shooting just 40.6 percent from the floor. The 49ers are without their leading scorer, DeMario Mayfield, who was dismissed from the team recently for violating athletic department policy. Mayfield, who had been suspended since Jan. 30, was averaging a team-high 11.7 ppg to go along with 3.6 rpg this season. Braswell leads the charge now, averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 caroms per contest, all of which he does in a reserve role. Willie Clayton paces the club in rebounding with 6.8 boards per outing.
St. Bonaventure watched a double-digit lead evaporate, but behind a game-high- tying 19 points from Chris Johnson and Demitrius Conger, the Bonnies were able to hold off Duquesne last Saturday night. Senior Eric Mosley was just off the pace set by his classmates as he added 16 points in the victory.
Scoring points has not been a problem for the Bonnies this season, as they drop in the fifth-most in the league at 71.9 ppg, but they also allow the fourth-most at 71.3 ppg. Conger is the team's leader with 13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 3.0 apg, while Johnson (12.9 ppg) and Mosley (12.6 ppg) have also been strong scorers. Mosley has drained 67 3-pointers at a league-best 44.7 percent clip.
Charlotte is reeling and the Bonnies are hoping that trend continues and that they can extend their winning streak and get a better hold on a conference tournament bid. Expect SBU to prevail in a tight contest at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 75, Charlotte 70
03/02 10:59:31 ET
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