UCF goes into the half up 38 to 31. The Knights had stretched their lead out to 13 points with 1:39 left but back to back 3-point shots by Miguel Paul narrowed the gap to seven and UCF was unable to convert its final two shot attempts before the half.
UCF shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half while out-rebounding East Carolina 22-12 so far. A.J. Rompza leads all scorers with 14 points and has dished out five assist. Isaiah Sykes has ten points and five rebounds on the game. Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan are struggling going 3 of 10 from the floor with a couple of airballs on forced shot attempts. Clanton is battling a flu bug but has still been on the floor for most of the game.
In an otherwise impressive half of play, one criticism of UCF’s play was carelessness with the ball. The Knights have to control the ball better in the second half as they committed as many turnovers, seven, as they had assists in the first half. Nobody is in any foul trouble as there were only ten fouls called in the entire half and nobody on UCF has more than one foul.