Charlotte and UNC Wilmington will both look to get off the schneid when the two teams match-up on Saturday afternoon at Raiford G. Trask Coliseum in Wilmington. The 49ers enter Saturday’s game coming off an 83-75 loss to UNC Asheville. The Seahawks are on a two-game losing skid, falling to Boise State and Stanford in consecutive road games. These teams have not played each other in 50 years.
Charlotte seeking road winCharlotte has had an up-and-down start to the season, failing to find consistent performances. The 49ers opened the year with a five-point road loss against James Madison. Their best two outings of the season were their next two games, picking up wins against Davidson and Wake Forest. They dropped their following two games, losing to Appalachian State and Georgia State on the road. After beating South Carolina Upstate last weekend, Charlotte lost to UNC Asheville on Tuesday.
The 49ers are led by junior guard Jordan Shepherd, who is scoring 14.7 points per game and dishing out 4.1 assists per game. He is also adding 3.6 rebounds per game and is 24 of 28 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Drew Edwards is scoring 11.4 points per game and is 9 of 26 from the 3-point line. Freshman guard Jahmir Young is adding 10.6 points per contest and 5.6 rebounds per outing. He is 10 of 29 from downtown. The most efficient 3-point shooter on the squad is sophomore guard Malik Martin, who is 7 of 17 from distance.
UNC Wilmington in need of home victoryUNC Wilmington has also had trouble stringing wins together this season. The Seahawks opened the year with a 20-point win against Johnson & Wales. They lost by 16 points to No. 9 North Carolina in their next outing, before bouncing back with an overtime win against Campbell. UNC Wilmington fell to Davidson in its worst performance of the season—losing by 38 points. The Seahawks won three of their next four games, picking up victories against North Carolina-Wesleyan, FIU and Emory & Henry. Losses to Cleveland State, Boise State and Stanford have been sprinkled in as well.
GAME PREVIEW | The Seahawks and 49ers hook up for the first time in 25 years on Saturday when the schools meet at Trask Coliseum.— UNCW Basketball (@uncwmenshoops) December 6, 2019
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The Seahawks only have one player scoring in double figures offensively—sophomore guard Jaylen Sims. He is scoring 15.1 points per game and is also leading the team in rebounds per game with 5.5. Sims is electric from the 3-point line, converting on 28 of 59 attempts. Sophomore forward Marten Linssen is scoring 9.5 points per outing and is 27 of 31 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Shykeim Phillips is making an immediate impact, adding 9.0 points per contest.