Central Florida starts fast, postpones Miami (FL)
Darren Green Jr. scored 23 points to keep Central Florida undefeated and lead the Knights to a 95-89 No Conference win over hosts Miami on Saturday afternoon.
Cameron McGusty scored a game high of 28 points for Miami (1-1), while also hitting a career high.
UCF (2-0) outperformed Hurricanes 43-23, while 11 of 27 (40.7 percent) were out of a 3-point range. The riders kept Hurricanes to 6 out of 26 (23.1 percent) from a long distance.
The green was 9 of 16 from the floor, including 5 of 9 on 3 throws as the UCF led up to 17 points in the second half. The Knights’ CJ Walker added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Knights made two changes to their starting lineup after a 69-59 win over Robert Morris. Walker and Darius Johnson got the start, while Brandon Mahan and Isaiah Adams moved into a backup role. Mahan scored 15 points from the bench, while Adams added 12.
Miami’s Isaiah Wong scored 18 out of 20 points in the second half, but the Hurricanes were unable to recover from a 43-35 delay in the first half.
Sam Wardenburg scored 16 points for the Hurricanes, while Anthony Walker scored 12.
Miami led for only 35 seconds of the match, with a score of 2-0. UCF’s stifling defense helped the Knights take an early lead 27-13, with the largest 14-point advantage in the first half.
The UCF hit 48.5 percent from the floor in the first half, including 6 of 16 (37.5 percent) on three-pointers. Miami fired just 28.0 percent from the first half ground, including 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) with three-pointers.
Miami stayed in the game by beating UCF 19-5 on the spoiled streak in the first 20 minutes.
UCF made the first four baskets of the second half, and extended their lead to 52-35. Miami approached six points at 64-58 with 9:01 remaining, but Adams made 3 pointers to the next UCF possession, and the Knights were in control until the closing minute.
Waardenburg 3-pointer cut with 25 seconds left advance the UCF to 90-95. Miami approached 92-89 before the Knights sealed a three-free throw win in the final nine seconds.
–Field Media Level