Charlotte pulls off upset of No. 20 Cards on road
When the ball swished through the net for Green’s fourth 3-pointer of the half, the sophomore turned and waved three fingers at the stunned Freedom Hall crowd.
The party was just getting started for the upstart 49ers.
Green finished with a career-high 20 points as
“We knew we had to stay on them early, once we hit some shots it just started rolling,” Green said. “We wanted to keep the momentum and we did.”
Did they ever.
“We are always the underdog when we come in here,” said
They proved it during a scintillating first half in which Green and Bowden combined to knock down seven 3-pointers to help the 49ers build a 47-32 halftime lead.
The Cardinals (5-2) simply had no answer.
“That was a bitter pill to swallow,” Pitino said. “The great equalizer was the 3-point shot. They were making some long ones, but they do that all the time. They were just better than we were tonight.
“We had a very difficult time picking up the scouting report,” Pitino said. “We paid huge consequences.”
The Cardinals never got closer than 14 in the final 20 minutes as the 49ers hardly looked like the team that lost to
“It’s a great win for us,” Braswell said. “When we played
The victory was
That defeat came in Denny Crum’s final year on the sidelines for the Cardinals. Pitino took over shortly thereafter and has turned the program into a
With Siva and Smith watching from the bench in street clothes and Knowles available only in case of emergency, the Cardinals were no match for
Pitino did what he could, throwing out different combinations in an effort to find a spark. It never came. He pulled Samuels off the floor with six minutes to go, finally out of patience.
Pitino, however, refused to blame the injuries for his team’s poor performance.
“There are no excuses,” he said.
Considering the way Green and company where shooting, it might not have mattered if Smith, Siva and Knowles had played.
Pitino said before the game he was concerned about slowing down
Green, Bowden and Braswell made sure it didn’t matter.
“It’s a very satisfying victory despite the fact that they were short-handed,” Lutz said. “I was short-handed all year last year, so I can sympathize with that because we had so many guys hurt. Our guys know it was a big win to beat