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GAME THREAD: FAU vs. Charlotte - 01/29/15 @ 7:00 PM

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What: FAU (8-8, 1-4 C-USA) vs Charlotte (8-11, 2-5 C-USA)

When: Thurs, Jan 29th @ 7:00 PM

Where: Halton Arena


TV: None

Live Video: Here *FEE

Radio: ESPN 106.3

Live Stats: Here


Charlotte Team Site: Here


Probable Starters

FAU

G Marquan Botley 12.6 ppg
G Solomon Poole 15.9 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 11.4 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.7 ppg
C C.J. Turman 6.1 ppg


Charlotte

G Pierriá Henry 10.8 ppg
G Braxton Ogbueze 10.3 ppg
G Terrence Williams 7.5 ppg
F Willie Clayton 9.0 ppg
F Mike Thorne Jr. 8.7 ppg


The Series

Charlotte leads 1-0.

1/30/14 A L 53-62


49ers at a Glance

Offense - 73.2 PPG, 46.0% FG, 37.4% 3PT

Defense - 73.4 PGA, 43.8% FGA, 35.0% 3PTA

Rebounding - 35.5 PG Team, 36.0 PG Opponents


Notables

The 49ers had four players in double-figures led by Torin Dorn’s 16 points but the 49ers lost on the road at Middle Tennessee, 72-69, last Saturday.

Keyshawn Woods scored 11 points including knock down three threes. Willie Clayton and Mike Thorne each scored 10 points apiece. Cameron Blakley knocked down three threes for nine points. Pierria Henry tallied a career-high 12 assists.

Thorne Jr. was named Conference USA Player of the Week on November 24th for his performance in helping the 49ers reach the Championship game of the Charleston Classic. Thorne scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in an opening round win over Penn State.

Head Coach Alan Major has taken an indefinite medical leave of absence that began January 6th. The team entered the announcement at 6-7, but has gone 2-4 since that time.


FAU at a Glance

Offense - 64.4 PPG, 42.6% FG, 35.6% 3PT

Defense - 63.2 PGA, 42.8% FGA, 24.9% 3PTA

Rebounding - 32.1 PG Team, 35.1 PG Opponents


Notables

The Owls are coming off their first C-USA win of the year. If it seems like a long time ago, that's because it was. Twelve full days will have passed before they step out for the opening tip against the 49ers.

Rest has had its benefits as well, as both Justin Raffington and point guard D'Andre Johnson have been at nearly full speed for the last few days. Both are expected to play on Thursday night.

However, the team will now play five games in just nine days first embarking on a three game stint away from Boca - their longest on the season. Taking any one of them would match last year's total of three road wins.

Jackson Trapp's 49.2% overall shooting effort from the floor nets him the 2nd best standing on Conference -USA.


Latest Line

Charlotte -11


Owl's Nest Prediction

Charlotte -5

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It's almost game time in Charlotte, N.C. for the Owls.

Justin Raffington and D'Andre Johnson are expected to play tonight, coming off injuries, but Jackson Trapp was injured in practice yesterday and will not play against the 49ers.
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FAU STARTERS
G Marquan Botley 12.6 ppg
G Solomon Poole 15.9 ppg
G Justin Massey 7.3 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 6.7 ppg
C Justin Raffington 9.1 ppg
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Trapp has a left foot injury. Tonight could have been at full strength, with the return of Raffington and Johnson.
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We just can't catch a break with the injuries this year!

At least we have Raffington back  :cool:

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Raffington was added to the starting line-up late.
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FAU starts sloppy with a missed shot and turnover. Kelvin Penn has his first foul.

The Owls trailed 1-0 early. But Justin Raffington hit a hook shot and the Owls led 2-1. Then Charlotte hit a 2-pointer after an offensive rebound (second for the 49ers). Raffington came back with another 2 and Charlotte answered with 2 to lead 5-4. FAU turned it over and Charlotte has the ball.
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FAU is playing a sloppy game with turnovers and fouls. But Raffington has four straight points in his return. The Owls trail 5-4 early.
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FAU gets four quick points. Marquan Botley has scored the last 5 and the Owls lead 9-7 at the first media timeout with less than 15 minutes to play in the first half.
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FAU gives up its third offensive rebound as Charlotte ties the game at 9. 13:28, first half
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