Although UCF struck first, it started the first half slower than had hoped. It turned on the jets in the second half and ultimately took down the Georgia College Bobcats, 82-65, in the Knights' final exhibition game.
McBride played 20 minutes in pursuit of a double-double. He recorded 19 points and 13 boards. Nine of his rebounds were offensive, and about half of those resulted in buckets for the big man.
"I just need to do whatever my team needs me to do," McBride said. "If it's getting rebounds, if it's scoring, if it's being a leader or a cheerleader, whatever the case may be, I just want to contribute."
With 4:28 remaining in the first half, Georgia College managed to fight back. They battled within one point of the Knights lead as they made it 26-25. The comeback prompted head coach Donnie Jones to call a timeout to gather his troops.
"[We were] shooting too quick," Jones said. "We talked about defense and sharing the basketball."
The pep talk seemed to be effective because UCF went on their second 10-0 run of the game after the breather.
The Knights did not get out of the first half unscathed, though.
In the closing minute of the half, McBride dunked the ball and got called for a technical foul because he hung on the rim. Jones was infuriated with the call and picked up a technical foul as well. The ensuing call sent a Bobcat to the free throw line where he would make three-of-four unguarded free throws.
UCF came out rough and tumble in the second half, and never looked back in route to their second exhibition victory of the season.
Five players managed to snag five or more rebounds and four players scored in double figures, including freshman B.J. Taylor and sophomore Brandon Goodwin.
Taylor recorded 22 points in 30 minutes of action while Goodwin dropped in 12 points in 24 minutes.
Depth presented itself throughout the victory as six guys played 20-plus minutes for the Knights. Jones stated that depth will be an enormous factor throughout the season, especially if the team aims to make a deep run into the playoffs.
But, Jones stated that the important thing isn't the number of minutes his players are on the court, it's what they do while they're on the court.
"Don't get consumed about how many minutes you get, get consumed about what you do with your minutes," Jones said. "That's the big factor for me is what value are you bringing to the team."
The Knights concluded their preseason with the win, and will take on Stetson University at CFE Arena on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the first regular season game of the year.