As for Canty, I'd as soon see him give up the 3-pointers. He was 1 of 6 from the far side of the arc Saturday, pushing him to 19 of 69 in 11 C-USA games, or 27.5 percent.
He asserted himself inside the arc, going 7 of 12. He can get to the rim a few times, and I like his pull-up shots. His 16-footer with 53.4 seconds left was money, money, money. (Oh, how I love midrange jumpers.)
Thomas and Canty might not need to score most of the Herd's points every game, but they're in charge here in the homestretch. That's not a bad thing.
Neither is having four of its last five at home. This week Alabama-Birmingham and Middle Tennessee are visiting Henderson Center; East Carolina comes March 2 and Charlotte arrives four days later for the season finale. Sandwiched between the four home games is a Feb. 27 contest at Old Dominion.
It has been 26 long years since the Herd had four home games in the last five. The 1987-88 Herd team of Rick Huckabay played the last five at home, winning all.
Greg White's 1998-99 team had the reverse draw, playing four of its last five on the road. The Herd handled that well, but didn't handle going back on the road for the Mid-American Conference tournament. That ended in a 79-76 loss at nemesis Kent State.
It's not on the level of the Jason Williams/Randy Moss duo at DuPont, but Henry and Aaron Dobson had a great overlapping period at South Charleston High. Dobson just finished his rookie season with the New England Patriots, while Henry gets his name introduced last at Charlotte home games.
(The public-address guy does it really cool, rolling the "r" a few times. Can't duplicate it here or anywhere.)
The two certainly stay in touch, and Henry's admiration of Dobson has only grown.
"He's carrying on well," Henry said. "It's a big step to be so young and coming out of West Virginia and now being in one of the big cities. It's fun to him, though, he's enjoying his grind."
And finally, an observation on student sections.
Charlotte's campus backing was respectable, if not large. The student's weren't the Cameron Crazies, but they had a good time. And where did they sit?
In a lower-level section at halfcourt, on the side of the team benches. Where student sections are supposed to be.
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