The Knights finished their three-game home stand with a runaway victory against the FAU Owls 75-61.
Shaheed and A.J. Davis were standout performers, scoring a combined 33 points and 22 rebounds.
UCF started the game 12-for-30 from the field and saw the lead change seven different times. In the second half, the Knights flipped the switch shooting 16-for-30 from the field and controlled the second half 41-36.
The redshirt sophomore A.J. Davis led by example with his first career double-double, tallying 21 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes of playing time.
"I'm just trying to win. Whatever that takes, if it's rebounding, if it's scoring, if it's playing defense. Basketball players make basketball plays," Davis said.
A theme all season has been the balanced effort put forth by the Knights each game. Senior Shaheed Davis had 12 points and seven rebounds, freshman Tacko Fall had eight points, six rebounds and six rejections, while sophomore Adonys Henriquez added 13 points and five rebounds.
The Knights defense was active this game, holding the Owls to 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from beyond the arch, which helped generate the offense in the second half.
"We started pushing the ball more and started getting defensive stops, started figuring out what they were doing," Henriquez said.
Down by six, UCF called a timeout with 10:50 remaining in the first half and turned the game around. The Knights grabbed seven offensive rebounds, leading to eight second chance baskets.
The Knights couldn't buy a basket in the first half, shooting 40 percent from the field. The tough shooting led to a 14-8 early lead for the Owls, but the Knights went on a 26-to-11 run to end the first half, which put them up 34-25.
"Our focus got different. We got some stops defensively … we got out and started running in transition. I thought we were walking the ball up and playing their pace. I told those guys miss or make we got to push it and try to score it in transition," said head coach Donnie Jones.
The Knights will head on the road to face the Detroit Titans on Saturday at 1 P.M.
Christopher Davis is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future.