2014–15 Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team

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2014–15 Charlotte 49ers men's basketball
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Conference Conference USA
2014–15 record 14–18 (7–11 C-USA)
Head coach Alan Major (5th)
Home arena Dale F. Halton Arena
Seasons
2014–15 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Louisiana Tech 15 3   .833     27 9   .750
Old Dominion 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
UTEP 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
WKU 12 6   .667     20 12   .625
UAB 12 6   .667     20 16   .556
Middle Tennessee 9 9   .500     19 17   .528
FIU 8 10   .444     16 17   .485
UTSA 8 10   .444     14 16   .467
North Texas 8 10   .444     14 17   .452
Rice 8 10   .444     12 20   .375
Charlotte 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Marshall 7 11   .389     11 21   .344
Southern Miss* 4 14   .222     9 20   .310
Florida Atlantic 2 16   .111     9 20   .310
*Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban
2015 C-USA Tournament winner

The 2014–15 Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Charlotte during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The 49ers, led by fifth head coach Alan Major, played their home games at the Dale F. Halton Arena and were members Conference USA. Major took an indefinite leave of absence January 6 for medical issues and was replaced by assistant coach Ryan Odom who finished the season as interim head coach. After the season ended, Major and the University agreed to mutually part ways [1]. They finished the season 14–18, 7–11 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for eleventh place. They lost in the first round of the C-USA Tournament to Middle Tennessee.

Previous season[edit]

The 49ers finished the season 17–14, 7–9 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for eighth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament where they lost to Louisiana Tech.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Denzel Ingram 10 G 6'0" 171 Sophomore Chapel Hill, NC Transferred to UNC Wilmington
Ben Cherry 24 G 6'3" 180 Senior Charlotte, NC Graduated
Marcus Bryan 25 F 6'7" 224 Freshman Raleigh, NC Transferred to UNC Wilmington

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous
Benas Griciunas 31 C 7'0" 225 Sophomore Šilutė, Lithuania Transferred from Auburn. Under NCAA transfer rules, Griciunas will have to redshirt for the 2014–15 season. Will have three years of remaining eligibility.

Class of 2014 recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Torin Dorn
SG
Charlotte, NC Vance High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 8, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 70
Keyshawn Woods
SG
Charlotte, NC Northside Christian Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sep 26, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 69
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 1 Ogbueze, BraxtonBraxton Ogbueze 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) RS So Charlotte, NC
G 2 Dorn, TorinTorin Dorn 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Fr Charlotte, NC
G 3 Lester, ShawnShawn Lester 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Jr Mooresville, NC
G 5 Woods, KeyshawnKeyshawn Woods 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Fr Gastonia, NC
G 10 Wilson, GavinGavin Wilson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Raleigh, NC
G 11 Benkovic, IvanIvan Benkovic 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 207 lb (94 kg) RS So Zagreb, CRO
C 12 Thome, Jr., MikeMike Thome, Jr. 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) RS Jr Fayetteville, NC
G 14 Williams, TerrenceTerrence Williams 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 221 lb (100 kg) Sr Charlotte, NC
G 15 Henry, PierriáPierriá Henry 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Sr Charleston, WV
F 20 Blakely, CameronCameron Blakely 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 214 lb (97 kg) So Winder, GA
F 21 Clayton, WillieWillie Clayton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Jr Thomasville, GA
F 22 Sullivan, BernardBernard Sullivan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 231 lb (105 kg) RS Jr Gastonia, NC
F 25 Aube, ReidReid Aube 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Concord, NC
G 30 Warner, MitchMitch Warner 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Jr Charlotte, NC
C 31 Griciunas, BenasBenas Griciunas Current redshirt 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 229 lb (104 kg) So Silute, LIT
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Season Notes[edit]

Head Coach Alan Major would take an indefinite leave of absence due to medical reasons starting on January 6 following the game against Old Dominion. He would not return for the season. Assistant Head Coach Ryan Odom would lead the program for the remainder of the season.[1]

True Freshman Torin Dorn would be named Conference USA Freshman of the Year as the 49ers' leading scorer, averaging 11.8 points per game. Senior Pierriá Henry was named to the C-USA All-Defensive Team for the second straight year, which also marked his third Conference All-Defensive Team selection overall.[2]

Schedule[edit]

[3]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/10/2014*
7:00 PM
Newberry W 112–86 
Dale F. Halton Arena (4,099)
Charlotte, NC
Regular Season
11/16/2014*
5:30 PM, WCCB/ASN
at Elon W 73–60  1–0
Alumni Gym (1,528)
Elon, NC
11/20/2014*
5:00 PM, ESPNU
vs. Penn State
Charleston Classic Quarterfinals
W 106–97  2–0
TD Arena (2,517)
Charleston, SC
11/21/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPNU
vs. South Carolina
Charleston Classic Semifinals
W 65–63  3–0
TD Arena (2,430)
Charleston, SC
11/23/2014*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Miami (FL)
Charleston Classic Championship
L 58–77  3–1
TD Arena (1,532)
Charleston, SC
11/25/2014*
9:00 PM, FSN
No. 17 Miami (FL) L 74–77  3–2
Dale F. Halton Arena (7,163)
Charlotte, NC
11/30/2014*
3:00 PM, WCCB/ASN
at UNC Asheville W 66–63 OT 4–2
Kimmel Arena (1,327)
Asheville, NC
12/03/2014*
7:00 PM
at Davidson L 86–92  4–3
John M. Belk Arena (4,606)
Davidson, NC
12/07/2014*
2:30 PM, ESPN3
vs. George Washington
BB&T Classic
L 70–78  4–4
Verizon Center (8,756)
Washington, D.C.
12/16/2014*
8:00 PM, WCCB/ASN
College of Charleston W 90–85 OT 5–4
Dale F. Halton Arena (3,527)
Charlotte, NC
12/18/2014*
8:00 PM, WCCB/ASN
Appalachian State W 75–65  6–4
Dale F. Halton Arena (4,237)
Charlotte, NC
12/20/2014*
12:00 PM, FSN
at Georgetown L 78–81  6–5
Verizon Center (7,858)
Washington, D.C.
12/30/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at Georgia Tech L 66–67  6–6
Hank McCamish Pavilion (5,567)
Atlanta, GA
01/04/2015
1:00 PM, WCCB/ASN
Old Dominion L 54–61  6–7
(0–1)
Dale F. Halton Arena (3,779)
Charlotte, NC
01/08/2015
8:00 PM
at WKU L 66–74  6–8
(0–2)
E. A. Diddle Arena (3,606)
Bowling Green, KY
01/10/2015
7:00 PM
at Marshall W 77–72  7–8
(1–2)
Cam Henderson Center (5,013)
Huntington, WV
01/15/2015
7:00 PM
North Texas W 73–57  8–8
(2–2)
Dale F. Halton Arena (3,694)
Charlotte, NC
01/17/2015
7:00 PM
Rice L 68–73 OT 8–9
(2–3)
Dale F. Halton Arena (4,318)
Charlotte, NC
01/22/2015
8:00 PM
at UAB L 76–81 OT 8–10
(2–4)
Bartow Arena (3,029)
Birmingham, AL
01/24/2015
6:00 PM
at Middle Tennessee L 69–72  8–11
(2–5)
Murphy Center (4,839)
Murfreesboro, TN
01/29/2015
7:00 PM
Florida Atlantic W 86–61  9–11
(3–5)
Dale F. Halton Arena (3,724)
Charlotte, NC
01/31/2015
7:00 PM
FIU L 70–78  9–12
(3–6)
Dale F. Halton Arena (4,021)
Charlotte, NC
02/04/2015*
7:00 PM
North Carolina A&T W 77–61  10–12
Dale F. Halton Arena (3,918)
Charlotte, NC
02/07/2015
7:00 PM, COX
at Old Dominion L 57–61  10–13 (3–7)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (7,678)
Norfolk, VA
02/12/2015
9:00 PM
at UTEP L 68–73  10–14 (3–8)
Don Haskins Center (7,533)
El Paso, TX
02/14/2015
3:00 PM
at UTSA W 89–81  11–14 (4–8)
Convocation Center (982)
San Antonio, TX
02/19/2015
7:00 PM, CBSSN
Louisiana Tech L 82–83 OT 11–15 (4–9)
Dale F. Halton Arena (4,078)
Charlotte, NC
02/21/2015
5:30 PM, WCCB/ASN
Southern Miss W 71–43  12–15 (5–9)
Dale F. Halton Arena (5,469)
Charlotte, NC
02/26/2015
8:00 PM
at North Texas L 65–81  12–16 (5–10)
The Super Pit (4,122)
Denton, TX
02/28/2015
8:00 PM
at Rice W 77-76  13–16 (6–10)
Tudor Fieldhouse (4653)
Houston, TX
03/05/2015
7:00 PM
WKU L 84–88 OT 13–17 (6–11)
Dale F. Halton Arena (3,526)
Charlotte, NC
03/07/2015
7:00 PM
Marshall W 86–73  14–17 (7–11)
Dale F. Halton Arena (5,434)
Charlotte, NC
Conference USA Tournament
03/11/2015
3:30 PM, ASN
vs. Middle Tennessee
First round
L 60–63  14–18
Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex 
Birmingham, AL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll/Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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