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P-Jam's Day 2 Matchups Go to UNC Charlotte, Wichita State

Nov. 18, 2007 — The excitement from the first day of the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament flowed over into Saturday evening as UNC Charlotte defeated University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), and Wichita State fell to Monmouth.
The losers bracket got under way Saturday evening as the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament continued on St. Thomas, with UNC Charlotte taking on the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) during the first game.
The UNC Charlotte 49ers took a heartbreaking loss the night before, when they went up against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, falling 82-77. UIC was also looking to rebound from a very disappointing loss during Friday's Jam session, after losing to Winthrop 72-58
Both teams had a horrible opening half, going 8 for 27 and shooting a miserable 29 percent from the field. Charlotte's Ian Anderson came off the bench to score 10 points and lead his team in the first half. He was perfect from the field, going 5 for 5, including two for two from behind the arc. UIC's Jermaine Dailey led his team in the first half, scoring six points from off the bench. UIC led the 49ers in points in the paint, second-chance points and points off the bench, but still managed to trail Charlotte 31-27 at half.
The slow paced first half turned into a second half shootout, as both teams picked up their shooting percentages — especially UIC, who turned their 11 percent first half three-point field goal percentage around, and shot 70 percent from behind the arc in the second half.
After a second half full of lead changes, Charlotte found themselves down by one with 25.4 seconds left in the game. The 49ers Leemire Goldwire found himself with the ball in his hand and the clock winding down. Goldwire hit the three-pointer over his defender with 12.2 seconds left.
UIC's Spencer Stewart took a foul line jumper but missed, while Charlotte's Charles Dewhurst grabbed the rebound and got fouled.
Dewhurst hit both foul shots, pushing the 49ers lead to four. With two seconds left, UIC's Josh Mayo heaved a half-court shot, which went in at the buzzer, but the 49ers held on for the victory 64-63.
Wichita State lost during the first round of games Friday to Baylor University, and struggled to find their rhythm on Saturday. Monmouth, coming off an embarrassing 76-33 loss to Notre Dame, wanted to prove that they were better than the team that everyone saw earlier in the tournament.
The Shockers jumped on the Hawks early, starting the game on a 12-2 run. Monmouth would regain their composure after a time out and cut into Wichita State's lead, tying the score a few times — the last time with 3.2 seconds left in the first half. Two free throws from Aaron Ellis gave the Shockers the slim 22-20 lead going into the break.
Monmouth's Jhamar Youngblood opened the second half with a three, giving the Hawks their first lead of the night, 23-22. The game would remain tight until the 10:20 mark in the second half, when the Hawks took a 35-33 lead and didn't relinquish it for the rest of the evening, rallying behind Youngblood, who scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and Whitney Coleman, who also had 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Hawks continued to dominate the second half and won by a final score of 59-50.

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