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Niners drop AAC opener in Dallas
Charlotte started out hot, getting out to a 10-2 lead almost 4 minutes into this one. SMU would then use their superior athleticism to dominate the glass — out rebounding the much taller Charlotte squad 45-31 — and outscoring the Niners 64-44 the rest of the way, and at one point leading by as many as 16.
SMU’s a really good defensive team, and it showed on Tuesday night, as CLT shot just 34% from the field, 30% from 3pt. In addition to stifling the Niners from the field, the Mustangs scored 10 points off of 11 forced turnovers. According to BartTorvik.com, this was Charlotte’s second worst offensive efficiency showing this year, only slightly better than the Richmond game, but they posted the lowest effective FG% on the season.
Lu’Cye Patterson had a great game, without his performance Charlotte would have been blown out. He finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 turnover. No other Niner reached double figures. The lack of consistency continues to rear its head.
Patterson’s backcourt mate Nik Graves appears to have hit a funk and has posted 3 of his 4 lowest offensive ratings of the season in the last 3 games. The depth at PG is lacking no one else can facilitate the offense at his level to fill in for extended periods.
Robert Braswell flashed a bit again, and if he’s healthy enough, it may be time to see him start to eat into more minutes as Charlotte desperately needs more firepower from the perimeter.
Did anyone else here the comment about Dishon Jackon weighing 305 when he made it to campus and is down to 265 already? That seems insane. If he can find a way to stay out of foul trouble, that’d go a long way to help things out on the offensive end too.
Things don’t get easier next with #17 ranked FAU heading to Halton for a matchup on Saturday at 4pm ET. If you can’t make it to Halton because your entire household has Covid like mine from the holidays, stream it on ESPN+.