The 49ers wore down Hofstra in the second half with a lot of inside play as Shamari Spears and Chris Braswell combined for 41 points as Charlotte defeated Hofstra 80-72 in the fourth round of the Preseason NIT consolation at the Mack Center in Uniondale.
As noted, Spears did most of the damage, scoring 17 of his 26 points in the first half. Spears was 7 of 8 from the field in the first half while the rest of his team was only 7 of 22 from the field. Spears was held to only 2 of 5 from the field in the second half but the rest of the team picked it up, shooting 9 of 20 from the field, including Braswell's 5 of 8 from the field. Braswell also had 8 of his 11 rebounds in the second half as the 49ers outrebounded the Pride 45-36 for the game.
Charles Jenkins led the Pride with 25 points while Greg Washington had a career high with 18. However, Jenkins would only have three of those points over the final seven plus minutes as it seems the Pride inexplicably went away from going to Jenkins over the final several minutes.
Charlotte was up by many as 10, 68-58 with 5:40 left, but Hofstra cut the lead to three on Jenkins' only three points of the final seven minutes, a layup plus the free throw on the foul, to make the score 71-68 with 2:43 left. The Pride got the ball back, but Nathaniel Lester's three point attempt to tie the game rimmed out with 2:14 left. The Pride would never get any closer as Charlotte shot 24 of 33 from the line including 17 of 23 in the second half to ice the game.
The 49ers are now 4-1 while the Pride are now 3-3.