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.