The Knights lost their third straight game after a 67-41 blowout handed to them by the UCONN Huskies at the CFE Arena Sunday night.
UCF’s defense was stout for the most part holding UConn to 46 percent from the field, but the Knights struggled from the field throughout, shooting 24 percent from the field, and 25 percent from three-point range.
Redshirt sophomore forward A.J. Davis tallied seven points, seven rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes of play, but he struggled from the field like the team, shooting 1-for-11 and a rare 50 percent from the line.
“We know [A.J] knows how to make those shots,” head coach Donnie Jones said. “Tonight he was trying to play and forced shots didn’t go down. He’ll regroup … it’s not a one-game season.”
UConn lived in the paint, getting 54 percent of the team's 67 points from inside the arch for the game.
“We got to lock up. I take that personally, junior center Justin McBride said. “As bigs we just got to do a better job we can’t allow how many ever points they had in the paint. We can’t blame it on the guards, it has to be an individual effort. No excuses we just got to do better.”
The Knights started the game with an early 4-3 lead, but the Huskies suffocating defensive pressure forced seven early turnovers, helping to turn the game in the Huskies favor, resulting in a 38-20 halftime score.
UCF’s moments of back-to-back buckets came few and far between as they couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean, shooting an atrocious 24 percent from the field and 18 percent from deep for the first half.
“At times I think we try to force a lot of things instead of being patient. So we have to go back to the drawing board and fix our mistakes,” senior guard Daiquan Walker said.
The Knights will look to bounce back next game as they hit the road to face Tulane (8-15) at the Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse, New Orleans on Thursday at 8 P.M.
Christopher Davis is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future.