Men’s Basketball Falls to Charlotte in OT Buzzer-Beater
DAVIDSON — Jackson Threadgill’s buzzer-beater capped a Charlotte comeback and delivered a 68-66 overtime 49er victory in Tuesday night’s Battle for the Hornets’ Nest Trophy rivalry game in Belk Arena.
With the loss, Davidson falls to 6-2 overall, while Charlotte improves to the same record.
Charlotte trailed 66-65 when Threadgill hit a 3-pointer from the left wing as time expired.
Davidson led by as many as 11, 52-41, with 10:49 to play following two Foster Loyer free throws. But Charlotte scored 15 of the game’s next 19 points to pull even, setting up a tight finish.
The Wildcats had the last possession of regulation, but Grant Huffman’s half-court shot missed the mark as time expired.
An 18-foot Loyer jumper gave the Wildcats a 66-65 lead with 23 seconds left in overtime, but after Lu’Cye Patterson missed two free throws, the 49ers secured two offensive rebounds to get shots to win it.
Loyer and Sam Mennenga combined for 43 points to lead Davidson, with Loyer scoring a game-high 22 to go with eight assists and Mennenga adding 21 points and seven boards. Mennenga scored the first nine points and 11 of a 14-0 run early in the second half, as Davidson opened its double-digit lead.
Desmond Watson also scored in double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Aly Khalifa and Igor Milicic Jr. scored 19 and 18, respectively, to lead Charlotte.
The Wildcats will visit Delaware at 2 p.m. Saturday.