I4 goes to the Knights 59-56

By on March 3, 2017

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Tampa, Fla. – – The UCF Knights and their fans traveled down I-4 to to take on the USF Bulls at the SunDome on Thursday night. USF Bulls (7-21, 1-16 AAC), has struggled mightily in conference play this year but was looking to close the last two games of the season in a positive way. Thecrowd was energized throughout with new USF football Charlie Strong in attendance.

UCF (20-10, 11-7) played from behind most of the evening as the Bulls shot the ball well in the first half

and crashed the boards throughout but in the end, The Bulls couldn’t hold the lead and fell 59-56.

The Bulls led by five points, 56-51, with 2:48 remaining in regulation, but the Knights secured the win

with an 8-0 run with Michael Bibby missing a game tying three with

the clock running towards 0:00.

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The big difference in the game was that UCF shot 9-18 from downtown and USF went 4-19.

There was a great battle of big men as USF’s Ruben Guerrero (7’1) battled UCF’s Tacko Fall (7’6), up and down the court with Guerrero finishing with 6 points and 10 boards. Fall got in foul trouble early and had to sit a bit in the first half but really helped by keeping USF’s guards and small forward out of thepaint and by finishing with 4 blocks. Fall and UCF’s defense really stepped up in the second half and USF struggled at times to score.

Guard Geno Thorpe had a tough matchup against BJ Taylor and Matt Williams as Thorpe shot 1-7 and finished with 2 points but did have 8 assists. UCF’s Williams was the game leader in scoring with 20 including 3-6 for three. Troy Holston led the Bulls with 14

The Bulls will try to finish off their season with a win against Temple on Saturday at 2pm at the Sundome.

 

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UCF
STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
N. BanyardF 33 1-4 1-3 1-2 2 4 6 1 3 1 2 3 4
T. FallC 27 3-7 0-0 1-2 5 3 8 0 0 4 2 2 7
A.J. DavisG 27 1-7 0-0 2-2 1 8 9 4 1 0 2 3 4
B.J. TaylorG 40 6-19 4-8 1-2 0 5 5 4 1 0 1 3 17
M. WilliamsG 39 7-13 3-6 3-4 0 2 2 2 0 0 3 2 20
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
C. BrownF 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
N. LaingG 9 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
T. EfianayiG 20 2-5 1-1 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 6
TEAM 20-57 9-18 10-16 9 27 36 13 6 5 11 16 59
35.1% 50.0% 62.5%
South Florida
STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
L. SantosF 17 3-4 0-0 0-0 3 5 8 0 0 0 4 2 6
T. Da SilvaF 21 4-12 0-0 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 1 4 3 10
M. FittsF 38 5-12 1-6 0-1 0 7 7 1 0 1 1 4 11
G. ThorpeG 31 1-7 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 8 0 1 3 2 2
M. BibbyG 23 1-6 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 3
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
B. ZeiglerF 17 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 1 4
R. GuerreroC 27 3-8 0-0 0-0 6 4 10 2 1 5 1 2 6
T. HolstonG 26 5-10 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 14
TEAM 24-63 4-19 4-5 13 31 44 16 3 8 16 16 56
38.1% 21.1% 80.0%
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