Knights defeat UMass Minutemen, 64-59
Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Updated: Friday, December 24, 2010 11:12
In a sloppy game filled with travels and turnovers, the No. 24 UCF Knights did just enough to defeat the UMass Minutemen, 64-59, to remain a perfect 11-0 on the season.
In their first game out of the state of Florida, the Knights started off slow against UMass (7-4), but overcame their early struggles after the break to put the game out of reach for the Minutemen. Both teams had their struggles with turnovers and traveling calls throughout the game.
"This was a tough game on the road," said head coach Donnie Jones, in a release. "We fought a lot of adversity coming in here today. I was not sure who was going to play. These guys really found a way to grind out a win."
Jones was reluctant to play both the injured Marcus Jordan and Tom Herzog, but eventually put both players in at the start of the second half.
Jordan's seven second-half points proved to be the difference-maker for the Knights, who seemed to pull away after Jordan entered the game at the break.
Isaac Sosa, who started in place of the injured Jordan, was the team's leading scorer with 14 points for the Knights. Sosa, who shot 50 percent on the night, drained four of the Knights' 3-pointers.
Anthony Gurley was the Minutemen's leading scorer, with 17 points.
Keith Clanton, who was named Conference USA's player of the week on Monday, added 13 points and eight rebounds for UCF in another impressive performance for the Sophomore.
Clanton is averaging 16.7 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game on the year.
The Knights come home to Orlando to face the Furman Paladins Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the UCF Arena.