With a slow and sloppy start to the game, the Knights trailed Tulsa by 14 points going into halftime. Despite the slow start, the Knights came out fighting in the second half, but despite their late game push, Tulsa held off for just enough time to pull out with the 75-67 win.
“Our defense was solid in the first half,” redshirt sophomore A.J. Davis said. “We were just not hitting shots and they were. “We can’t keep on trying to battle back in the second half and just hope the shots go down in the second half. We have got to come out in the game and figure out a way to get easier buckets or whatever we have got to do.”
UCF shot a mere 25.8 percent from the field in the first half and only managed to score 22 points. The three point shots were not falling in the first half either as the Knights were one for 12 from behind the arc at intermission.
In the second half, the Knights woke up and got themselves back in the game with the three point shots, at one point getting within two points of tying the game. Freshman guard Chance McSpadden and Adonys Henriquez hit some big shots to cut the Golden Hurricanes’ lead down and give the Knights a shot at a big come-from-behind win.
“There were a lot of positives, especially in the second half for our team,” head coach Donnie Jones said. “We cut it to two there and battled back, but we had to spend a lot of energy to get back into the game, but I was really proud of how those guys came out and competed.”
With 2:50 remaining in the second half, the Knights were down 64-59 but failed to get the late heroics they needed to complete the comeback. Matt Williams led the Knights in scoring, finishing with 16 points.
The Knights will be in action again on Wednesday when they take on Houston at 7 p.m. at the CFE Arena.
Matthew Saunders is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @ClassicSmit or email him at MatthewS@CentralFloridaFuture.com