Miami Men's Basketball Falls To Charlotte, 95-63
Nov. 28, 2000
By JENNA FRYER
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rodney White scored 20 points and Charlotte hit ateam-record 16 3-pointers Tuesday night in a 95-63 victory against Miami.
Demon Brown scored 16 points for Charlotte (3-1). Jobey Thomas had 15, DiegoGuevara scored 12 and James Zimmerman had 11.
It was Charlotte’s second rout in 10 days of a team from a high-profileconference. The 49ers, from Conference USA, blew out North Carolina State 95-78in Raleigh on Nov. 18.
The Niners had hoped the victory would push them into the Top 25 for thefirst time in two years, but a last-second 79-78 loss to St. Bonaventure onSaturday spoiled their expectations.
Against Miami, they set out early to redeem themselves by taking quick andconfident shots at the basket – especially from long range.
The 49ers, who are averaging 11 3-pointers a game, hit seven in the decisivefirst half. They finished 16-of-32 from long range, making so many that thestudents who had been hanging yellow 3s after each one ran out at 15.
Guevara led the barrage by making 4-of-7, while Zimmerman was 3-for-4.
Miami (3-1) jumped out to a quick 17-8 lead, but the 49ers started hittingtheir shots to close the gap and then pull away.
Guevara and Brown both hit 3s at the beginning of a 12-2 run that gaveCharlotte the lead for good at 20-19. The Niners then shifted into theirtransition offense and poured it on the Hurricanes.
Zimmerman and White hit long 3-pointers in another 12-2 run that gaveCharlotte a 42-28 lead with 2:03 to play in the half.
Miami, which returned only one starter from the team that won a share of theBig East title last year, couldn’t match Charlotte’s offensive punch and neverregrouped.