With winter storm Jonas quickly approaching the east coast, Charlotte's shooting made it feel more like a tropical heat wave Thursday night at Halton Arena. Andrien White went 8-of-9 from long range while netting a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds as Charlotte (5-13, 2-4) snapped Marshall's five-game winning streak with a 103-95 defeat.
It was Marshall's first loss in Conference USA play this season.
Charlotte finished with four players in double-figures including Joseph Uchebo's 24 points and 21 rebounds, Jon Davis finished with 21 points and seven assists, Curran Scott had 18.
"Obviously [Charlotte] shot the ball really well," Marshall head coach Dan D'Antoni said. "They [Charlotte] play almost identical with us. On 3-point shooting they were 10-of-15. We made more, but [Andrien] White didn't miss. We gave him a couple of looks but he hit some tough shots. They deserved to win, they were more intent, and more focused."
Marshall (9-10, 5-1) opened on a 5-0 run led by a Stevie Browning layup and a Ryan Taylor triple. Charlotte answered with a 5-0 run of its own sparked by White's first of eight 3-pointers on the night. White's second triple of the evening gave the 49ers their first lead of the night at 8-7, but a James Kelly layup put the Herd back in front 9-8.
Kelly finished with his CUSA leading ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 27 points and 14 rebounds. It was Kelly's fourth double-double in his last six games.
Curran gave Charlotte an 11-9 lead on it next possession after finishing a three-point play while forcing Browning to the bench with his second personal foul. Jon Elmore connected with his first of five 3-pointers of the game, grabbing a 12-11 edge for the Herd. Elmore finished with a career-high 27 points for the Herd.
Uchebo's fourth point of the night gave Charlotte a 13-12 lead with 15:37 left in the half, a lead it wouldn't relinquish the remainder of the affair. Elmore's second triple brought Marshall to within one at 23-22, but a Charlotte 10-0 run capped off by a Davis three, ballooned the 49ers edge to 33-22 with seven minutes left in the half.
Kelly pulled Marshall to within four at 34-30, but Charlotte's hot shooting first half gave the 49ers a 46-37 lead at the break. Charlotte shot 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from the field and a blistering 60 percent (6-of-10) from long range. White finished 4-of-4 from beyond the arch and Uchebo had registered a double-double after the first 20 minutes of action.
A pair of Davis free throws gave Charlotte a 52-39 advantage to open the second half, but back-to-back buckets by Kelly and Browning brought Marshall to within six with 17:22 to go.
Elmore made it a four-point deficit with 15:45 left, but White countered with a triple of his own to extinguish the Herd's attack. Over the next seven minutes, Charlotte's precision shooting took the 49ers lead from seven to 19 after three consecutive jumpers by Uchebo made it 81-62.
Marshall cut the Charlotte lead to nine twice, only to have the 49ers answer every Herd charge with one of its own, while shooting lights out from the charity stripe. Charlotte shot 79.3 percent (23-of-29) from the foul line in the win.
A Browning layup pulled Marshall to within eight with 50 seconds remaining and Elmore trimmed it to only six 26 seconds later.
However, as the 49ers had done all night, Curran nailed two free throws to put the game out of reach. Charlotte finished a staggering 51.5 percent (35-of-68) from the field and an astounding 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from beyond the arch.
Taylor finished with 17 points and Browning had 14 for the Herd.
Despite the loss, Marshall eclipsed the 90-point mark for the sixth consecutive game, extending a school record in CUSA play. The last time the Herd scored 90 or more points in six consecutive games was during a seven-game stretch from Dec. 4 to 20, 1971.
Marshall had trailed less than four minutes in conference action through its first five games but led only 2:58 against Charlotte.
Marshall travels to Old Dominion Saturday afternoon while Charlotte welcomes Western Kentucky.