UCF Vs. Rice Final Score: Knights Blow Halftime Lead, Go Down 83-74

The Central Florida Knights had a big game against Rice on the road on Wednesday night, hoping to improve their position in the C-USA standings, but after leading 49-37 at halftime the Knights couldn't hold on as the Owls rallied back to win 83-74. The Knights just couldn't do enough on defense to slow down Rice, as put up 46 points in the second half led by Dylan Ennis who ended the night with 15 points. Arsalan Kazemi also had a nice night for the Owls, nearly finishing with a double-double with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win.

For the Knights, Keith Clanton put down 18 points with 7 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead Central Florida, but it wasn't enough to pace with the Owls in the second half. Isaiah Sykes also put down 15 points in the loss with 4 rebounds, but guard Marcus Jordan just couldn't find his shot all game finishing up with just four points and shooting 1 of 5 from the field, including 0 for 3 from three-point land. Kasey Wilson was able to add 13 points from the bench on the evening, though.

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