Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
UCF opened their season with a big 74-56 win over cross-state rival USF on Saturday night.
The Central Florida Knights built a big lead in the first half against the South Florida Bulls and didn't look back, coasting their way to a 74-56 victory over their cross-state rivals in both teams' season opener. Isaiah Sykes had a monster night for UCF, going for 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and was one of four Knights to score in double figures. Keith Clanton had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Tristan Spurlock and Kasey Wilson had 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Knights managed to overcome 16 turnovers while also winning by 18, which is unlikely to happen very often this season.
The picture was not nearly as balanced for the Bulls. Jawanza Poland lead the team with 22 points and three rebounds, but no other Bull scored into double figures. Martino Brock had nine points and four rebounds, and Victor Rudd had seven points and five rebounds. USF shot only 36.4% from the floor as a team, and they were out-rebounded 46-25 by the Knights.