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Thursday, December 2, 2010

UCF Knocks Off #16-Ranked Florida Gators

Filed under: UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:46


The UCF Knights (6-0; 0-0 C-USA) knocked off national powerhouse the Florida Gators (5-2; 0-0 SEC) 57-54 last night in the Florida Citrus Sports Florida Shootout at the Amway Arena. It was the biggest win in UCF history and the Knights’ first victory over a Top 20 opponent. UCF’s sole previous win over a ranked team was an upset of No. 25 College of Charleston in 2002. When first-year UCF coach Donnie Jones was asked to put the win in perspective, he responded, “Well I really can’t. I’m just kind at a loss for words right now. It’s kind of surreal that this happened. I’m really proud of our team. … We won with our defense. We beat a very good basketball team out there tonight.”

The Gators came into the game as heavy favorites and were nationally-ranked at #16; their only loss was against #2 Ohio State.  But the relentless Knights proved to be too much for the Gators to handle. The Gators pulled within one point with 1:03 left in the game, with the Knights clinging to a 53-52 advantage. UCF freshman guard Isaiah Sykes turned the ball over on an inbound pass, but Florida sophomore guard Kenny Boynton missed a jumper. UCF sophomore Keith Clanton rebounded the ball and kicked it out sophomore Marcus Jordan, who was fouled.

Jordan hit both freethrows, pushing UCF ahead 55-52 with 24 seconds left. Florida junior guard Erving Walker missed a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, senior forward Vernon Macklin rebounded the ball and Boynton missed another 3-point attempt with 12 seconds left. Clanton was fouled and knocked down two freethrows, pushing UCF ahead 57-52 with nine seconds left. Walker hit a layup with four seconds remaining to cut the score to 57-54, but the Gators never got another look at the basket.

Story and Photo Courtesy Orlando Sentinel.

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