College Basketball Opinion: Charlotte 49ers' Winning Streak Comes to an End

David ExumContributor IJanuary 21, 2011

First-year Charlotte men's basketball head coach Alan Major. (Courtesy/UNCC)
First-year Charlotte men's basketball head coach Alan Major. (Courtesy/UNCC)

More rough days are certainly ahead for the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team. 

After having its six-game home winning streak snapped by Massachusetts Wednesday, the Niners must now regroup and do all they can to salvage something against their next opponent Duquesne, on Saturday in Pittsburgh. 

A victory against Duquesne won't be easy for Charlotte, considering the Dukes are 4-0 in Atlantic 10 play and 12-5 overall. 

Charlotte now owns the fourth worst record in the A-10 at 1-3 (9-9, overall). There have been some shining moments for Charlotte this season, but the recent loss of Phil Jones due to academic reasons has definitely hurt this team. 

First-year head coach Alan Major is going to have is hands full over the course of the next few weeks, considering Charlotte faces Temple after playing Duquesne. The Niners host struggling La Salle on Jan.29, a must-win for them and then face visiting Xavier on Feb. 2. 

Charlotte played well at the start of the game against UMass, but tired. After Shamari Spears quit the team earlier in the season and without Jones, the Niners seem to be lacking leadership on the floor. 

"We got some good movement and good drives and dishes, but we held on to that a little too much and got to shooting a few too many jumpers," said Major. 

Major must find away to get more production out of both Chris Braswell and Derrio Green.

Junior guard Jamar Briscoe had just six points against UMass after scoring 20 points in two of the previous games. 

Major must also find away to keep his players from relying solely on jumpers and three-point attempts.