Frogs lose battle of attrition against Charlotte
trouble and fatigue cost the Frogs an overtime victory.
For the first 40 minutes, the Horned Frogs and Charlotte
49ers were caught in a constant seesaw affair, with the
two teams combining for 17 ties and 16 lead changes in
their first ever meeting Wednesday night.
Once regulation ended, though, the 49ers struck gold in
Behind a career-high scoring night from junior guard Brendon
Plavich, who scored 31 points on nine 3-pointers, and
sophomore forward Curtis Withers 21 points and seven
rebounds, the 49ers outscored the Frogs 13-5 in overtime,
giving Charlotte the 94-86 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
I hit my shots early on and my guys did a good job
of finding me after that, Plavich said. I
just felt good tonight.
Plavich credited his point guard Demon Browns ability
to share the ball and his teammates screens for
his career night.
Our teams unselfish and that says a lot tonight
when I have nine 3s and guys are setting screens all night
The game was decided behind the arc, where the 49ers shot
39 percent compared to the Frogs 26 percent.
Junior guard Corey Santee said the 49ers took advantage
of some sloppy Frogs play in the extra five minutes
and that he attributed the poor overtime performance,
where they committed five turnovers, to fatigue and foul
Junior guard Marcus Shropshire fouled out with 5:26 remaining
in regulation, and then junior forward Aaron Curtis did
the same in overtime.
We were low on energy, said Santee, who scored
20 points and dished out five assists. We lost a
couple of our key players and some of the players, myself
included, were tired. I know I was fatigued.
Santee said the team felt they could take advantage of
the extra period but that Charlotte just wanted it more.
They played harder than us in overtime, he
said. We should have pulled it out but they were
scrappier than us. We had our chance but we let it slip
through our hands.
The Frogs out-rebounded a bigger 49ers team 47-41,
including a 19-15 edge on the offensive glass.
Head coach Neil Dougherty agreed with Santee that the
team was tired in overtime.
Some of our fatigue showed up, Dougherty said.
We played with a lot of heart and courage. They
were just deeper than us and we had some guys sucking
wind. We got beaten by a better team tonight.
Aside from Santee, three other Frogs scored in double-digits.
Sophomore forward Chudi Chinweze scored 14, freshman center
Femi Ibikunle added 10 and Shropshire had 12 points.
Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz said he was happy to get
out of Fort Worth with an overtime victory against an
underrated TCU team, the 49ers third road win in
overtime this season.
We beat a very good team, he said. I
dont care what their record is, theyre a very
good team. They played us as good as anyone this year.
I think they can play with anyone.
Lutz said his team was able to pull out the overtime victory
because the Frogs ran out of players down the stretch.
They got a little tired in overtime and had a few
guys foul out, Lutz said. Thats what
happens in overtime, its a battle of attrition.
Dougherty said despite the games outcome, he was
pleased with how his players overcame foul trouble.
We feel unlucky and Charlotte feels real lucky tonight
as far as I am concerned, he said.
forward Chudi Chinweze grabs a rebound from a Charlotte
defender in a 94-86 TCU loss Wednesday night in