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THE LIST ROLLS ON DOESN'T IT CHARLOTTE RICHMOND UNDER PLAYERS?
BARCLAYS CENTER- Richmond led 63-60 with 4.7 seconds to go, then watched helplessly as Pierria Henry drained shot after shot from the line. It all started when the Spiders chose to foul the 49ers to prevent Charlotte from attempting a tying 3-pointer. As Henry's free throw swished through the net on the front end of a one-and-one, Richmond's Derrick Williams and the 49ers' Willie Clayton became entangled setting up for a potential rebound.
Williams shoved Clayton to the floor, and the New Yorker playing near home drew a whistle. Reggie Greenwood, the conference coordinator of officials, said afterward that because the play happened during a dead ball, by rule the foul was a technical. Instead of needing to intentionally miss the second free throw to hope for a tip to tie the game, the 49ers found themselves with three more foul shots - plus possession - to try to take the lead. Henry made the second end of the one-and-one, then both his attempts for the technical bounced around the rim and in to give Charlotte a 64-63 lead.
Richmond had to foul, and when Henry forced up a shot from near midcourt as he was being grabbed, the referees awarded him three free throws. Richmond head coach Chris Mooney, already beside himself of the last second collapse, was then called for two technicals and ejected. That sequence resulted in a whopping seven additional foul shots for Henry with 2.8 seconds remaining, and he made four of them for the final margin, finishing with 28 points. A 63-61 deficit turned into a 68-63 win for Charlotte, who advanced tomorrow to the A10 quarters.
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