Shooting woes doom Knights, fall to Harvard in Battle 4 Atlantis Championship
Published: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Updated: Saturday, November 26, 2011 19:11
The UCF Knights (4-2) could not rally from behind for a second consecutive game, falling 59-49 to the Harvard Crimson (6-0) in the Championship Round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
The Knights could not overcome a poor shooting outing and a lack of production from the team's go-to scorers, forward Keith Clanton and guard Marcus Jordan.
As a team, UCF shot 33.3 percent from the field and 34.9 percent at the free throw line on the night.
Harvard's offense consistently chewed up the clock while picking apart UCF's defense, as the Knights had trouble all night staying vigilante against the patient Crimson attack.
Forward Kyle Casey led Harvard with 15 points and nine rebounds. Forward Keith Wright defended Clanton well and scored 12 points with seven rebounds.
Clanton and Jordan combined to shoot nine-of-31 on the night, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Guard Isaiah Sykes and forward Tristan Spurlock each nine points, but the Knights needed more production from their role players to challenge an effective Crimson defense.
With the loss, UCF took second place in the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Knights opened the tournament with a victory over College of Charleston on Thursday and also notched a historic win for the program when they defeated No.4 Connecticut on Friday, 68-83.
UCF will have a week off following their return from the Bahamas and will return to action Saturday at home against Hartford.
Tip off at the UCF Arena is set for 5 p.m.