Gardner-Webb 78, Charlotte 70

Jon Moore had 24 points and nine rebounds and Gardner-Webb gave

Chris Holtmann a win in his head coaching debut by stunning

undermanned Charlotte 78-70 on Friday.

A day after the former Ohio assistant Holtmann turned 39, the

Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-0) overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to

spoil coach Alan Major’s first game at Charlotte.

The 49ers (0-1), who were down to six players at the end because

of suspensions, injuries and two players who had fouled out, got 30

points from transfer Jamar Briscoe but shot 33 percent from the


Shamari Spears and fellow starter An’Juan Wilderness were

suspended one game Friday for violating team rules. Gardner-Webb,

which was 8-21 last season, pulled away when Chris Braswell and

Phil Jones fouled out in a 3-minute span in the second half.

Briscoe hit nine of 17 shots and four 3-pointers. Derrio Green

added 16 points.