Former South Charleston standout Pierria Henry (facing camera) was the hero in Charlotte's bizarre win over Richmond in the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday in Brooklyn.
NEW YORK - Pierria Henry felt as though he stood on the foul line for half an hour.Officially, under two seconds ticked off the game clock as the Charlotte guard and former South Charleston standout hit eight free throws in the final moments of a wild start to the Atlantic 10 tournament in its new home at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The 49ers stunned Richmond 68-63 on Thursday when the Spiders were called for three technical fouls in the last five seconds.Richmond led 63-60 with 4.7 seconds to go, then watched helplessly as 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 drew a technical foul. Instead of needing to intentionally miss the second free throw to hope for a tip to tie the game, Henry made the second end of the one-and-one, then both his attempts for the technical to give Charlotte a 64-63 lead."When I was at the free-throw line and huddling up, my teammates told me, 'Man, we're going to make this. We're going to win the game and move on and take care of business for the next day,' '' Henry said.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. Mooney was called for two technicals.That sequence resulted in seven more foul shots for Henry with 2.8 seconds left, and he made four of them for the final margin, finishing with 28 points.