UCF Vs. UConn: Knights Shock Huskies In 68-63 Come-From-Behind Victory

The UCF Knights ended the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies' sixteen game winning streak Friday, winning 68-63 in the Bahamas.

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Battle 4 Atlantis Bracket: UCF Shocks UConn, Comes From 17 Points Down To Win 68-63

The 16 game winning streak of the defending champion Connecticut Huskies is over, ending sooner than coach Jim Calhoun or his team probably expected. The Central Florida Knights rallied from a 17 point second half deficit to defeat the fourth-ranked Huskies 68-63 Friday in the second round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, being held in Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Leading 50-33 with sixteen minutes left in the game, the Huskies appeared to simply fall apart, forcing shots, making terrible decisions and failing at even the simple act of inbounding the ball. The Knights scored 17 of the next 19 points in the game, pulling within two, and finally took the lead on two Marcus Jordan free throws with 3:11 left in the contest. UCF scored on 16 of their final 22 possessions.

Jordan, the son of NBA legend Michael, led the Knights with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Teammate Keith Clanton also chipped in twenty points for UCF as the Knights ended a UConn winning streak that began last March in the Big East Tournament.

We'll be following the Battle 4 Atlantis action in this StoryStream. For more news and notes on the UCF Knights, be sure to follow SB Nation Tampa Bay

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UCF Serves Meatloaf on Black Friday

It may be a tumultuous fall season for the UCF Knights both on and off the field, but it was a great day to be a Knight on Black Friday.

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Battle 4 Atlantis Bracket: Central Florida Faces UConn Friday

The Central Florida Knights beat the College of Charleston on Thanksgiving, and as a result, they get to face the No. 4 ranked UConn Huskies on Friday. Not very much of a Holiday gift.The rest of the bracket plays out as such. UConn struggled in their game against UNC-Asheville a little bit more than they were expected to on Thursday, but that may just be a case of them getting their sea legs.

The first matchup in the loser's bracket will feature UNC-Asheville (who lost to UConn yesterday) and College of Charleston.

The Harvard Crimson ran away from the Utah Utes on Thursday 75-47, and they'll face Florida State on Friday after the Seminoles beat up on Massachusetts 73-53. The winner of that game will advance to take on the winner of today's Connecticut-Central Florida matchup in the Championship game on Saturday.

We'll be following that game in this StoryStream, as well as the rest of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

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Knights Tame Cougars

A tight first half gave way to tale of two halves in the second half, but the end result was a 74-63 victory for the UCF Knights over the College of Charleston in the first round of The Battle of Atlantis. The first ten minutes of the second half saw the Cougars of the College of Charleston shoot very well from the outside and go up by as many as seven points while UCF struggled to put any kind of offense together but that script was flipped in the last ten minutes as the Knights dominated the rest of the contest and outscored the Cougars 30 to 12 down the stretch.

The Knights were led by a monster game by Keith Clanton who had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks while shooting 12 of 17 from the field. Clanton was joined by Marcus Jordan who scored 17 points and Isaiah Sykes who scored 10 despite going just 4 of 13 from the free throw line.

Not often does a team win a game when shooting higher from the floor than they do from the free throw line, but UCF did just that shooting 50% from the floor while shooting just 48% from the free throw line. Sykes was 4 of 13 while the rest of the team was 9 of 14 from the line. The UCF defense made up for the team’s struggles from the free throw line by holding the Cougars to 41% shooting from the floor and just 8 of 23 from the 3-point line.

The College of Charleston was led by Trent Wiedeman who scored 19 points but the program’s leading scorer, Antwaine Wiggins, was held to just two points as he went 1 of 6 from the floor on the night.

UCF now awaits the winner of the game between defending national champion UCONN and UNC-Asheville and will face them at 2PM ET tomorrow.

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Knights Up at the Half

The first half of basketball saw several lead changes as the two teams traded shots but the Knights go into the locker room with a 33-31 lead at the half. UCF relied heavily on their inside game taking just four 3-point shots in the half while shooting 45% from the floor. Josh Crittle is the only player in foul trouble as he picked up two fouls in a short time span while the rest of the roster has three all together. The Knights turned the ball over seven times and were just 5 for 9 from the free-throw line; two issues that were prevalent in their first two games of the season. UCF is being led by Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan who have 19 of the 33 points on 8 of 14 shooting .

The College of Charleston is being led by Trent Wiedman who has been strong from the inside on post-ups and pick and rolls pouring in ten points with help from Andrew Lawrence who has two long range three point shots. The Cougars are just 3 of 11 from the 3-point line and leading scorer Antwaine Wiggins has been held in check so far as he has just two points so far. The team had nine first half fouls with center Adjehi Baru the only player with multiple fouls. The team is shooting 46% from the floor and has made all four free throw attempts so far.

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Knights in Atlantis Ready to Battle Old Foe

UCF is spending Thanksgiving in The Bahamas as it renews acquaintances with an old foe.

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