In their final home game as Knights, Chad Brown, Tacko Fall, B.J. Taylor and Dayon Griffin did not disappoint as they got the 58-55 win over #20 Cincinnati. With their second consecutive win against a top-25 team, the Knights are heating up at the right time as they’re a lock for an NCAA Tournament bid. Knight Nation didn’t disappoint either with an announced attendance of 9,141 which is the sixth highest in program history.
Knight of the Night
On his senior night, “Big Shot Barry” lived up to his nickname. B.J. Taylor led the team in scoring with 22 points including three three-pointers in 38 minutes on the court. From early in the game, you knew Taylor was going to take this game into his own hands and that’s exactly what he did. Whether it was driving to the hoop or hitting the step back jumper, he was the catalyst for UCF’s offense tonight which was needed due to Aubrey’s limited playing time.
Sixth Man of the Game
All of UCF’s bench players are taking home this award tonight as they all played equally big roles in different ways. Dayon saw extended playing time due to Aubrey leaving the game with a tweaked back. He hit some big shots that helped keep UCF’s momentum throughout the game. Chad Brown and Frank Bertz both brought amazing hustle combining for 10 rebounds. Anytime the ball was in the air, you saw Brown and Bertz flying to the hoop. Chad also had three blocks to top off his night.
Who’s got next?
The Knights will head to Philly this Saturday to finish their regular season off against the Temple Owls. The Owls are a bubble team and a win over UCF could be what punches their ticket to the dance. On the opposite end, UCF is now playing for the best seeding possible and a win over Temple would be a huge quadrant one victory on their resume. The game tips off at 4pm and will be televised on ESPN2