Miami 89, No. 17 NC Charlotte 72
MIAMI (AP) _ Tim James scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked six shots Friday night as Miami upset No. 17 North Carolina-Charlotte 89-72.
The unranked Hurricanes held the 49ers to less than 40 per cent shooting from the field.
Johnny Helmsley tossed in 18 points, while Lucas Barnes scored a career-high 17 points for the Hurricanes (3-0). Point guard Kevin Norris added 11 points, nine assists and six steals.
DeMarco Johnson led the 49ers (0-1) with 25 points, while Kevin Price added 18 points and nine rebounds.
The loss was especially tough for NC Charlotte, which may have lost starting small forward Versile Shaw for most of the season with a torn posterior cruciate ligament to his left knee.
Shaw, the 49ers co-captain, injured his knee just 22 seconds into the game when he was fouled by Barnes. Shaw spent several minutes on the floor before being helped off the court by team trainer Bret Wood and Johnson.
Team officials said they would not know the extent of the injury until Shaw undergoes an MRI on Saturday in Charlotte.
Just one game into the season, Shaw became the third 49er player to be lost to a knee injury. Forward Tremaine Gardiner is expected to miss the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during a summer workout. They’ve also lost freshman Ousseynou Kane for two more weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery in October.
The Hurricanes dominated the first half and jumped to a 32-14 lead with 4:32 left in the half. The 49ers cut the lead to 12 before the ’Canes ultimately extended it to a 39-22 halftime lead.
The Hurricanes forced 16 49ers’ turnovers in the first half, with Miami’s Kevin Norris getting a career-high six steals in the half.
The 49ers were without starting senior point guard Sean Colson, who was suspended for violating team policy and did not make the trip to Miami. Colson will play in the 49ers’ next game Monday night at Appalachian State.
Freshman point guard Diego Guevara started his first career game in place of Colson.