Undermanned Birds hang with Charlotte until late

With only 8 roster players available, UBC Thunderbirds hung with NCAA Division 1 Charlotte 49ers for much of the game but in the end fell 89-71 before about 700 fans at War Memorial Gym in Vancouver.  With several players away travelling, UBC jumped out to an early six point lead but the 49ers, coached by former NBA Dream Teamer Mark Price, rallied to tie it midway through the second quarter and finished the first half on an 18-8 run to lead by 10 going into the intermission.  UBC got it back to 4 early in the third and had it to 6 late in the third, but Charlotte’s depth pushed the deficit to double digits for much of the 4th quarter.  6’6″ All-Canadian Jordan Jensen-Whyte led UBC with 20 points and 8 rebounds while 6’8″ Patrick Simon had 13 and 5.  The Birds, who played without star 6’9″ forward Conor Morgan, debuted arguably their top recruit in 6’10” Justin McChesney who finished with 7 points including a three and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes.  Charlotte meets Trinity Western Spartans tonight.


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