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Top 25 Games of the Year: #25 - Tacko Fall Destroys SMU

Tacko’s takeover

Tacko Fall
Photo: Derek Warden

The 2018-2019 UCF Knights athletic season will go down as the most successful in school history. Every UCF team made NCAA Tournament (or bowl game) except for four, with Baseball and Softball being among first five out of their NCAA Tournaments, and Women’s Soccer and Men’s Golf also barely missing out.

For the second consecutive year, every UCF team had a winning season, making the Knights the only FBS program to have accomplished that.

This is the vision that UCF Athletic Director Danny White envisioned when he came to UCF, as he has said many times over that he believed UCF can be a top-25 athletic department. That is clearly in the process of happening.

So in honor of the great year and Danny White’s vision for the athletic department success, we will look back at the Top 25 UCF games of 2018-2019 athletic year throughout the summer. Let’s begin:

#25: Men’s Basketball - UCF 95, SMU 48 (Feb. 24, 2019)

Fitting that we begin our list with on NBA Draft week with one of the most dominating performances in UCF Basketball history, as the Knights destroyed the Mustangs 95-48, led by Tacko Fall who had arguably his best game as a Knight.

Fall had 15 points and 16 rebounds in the first half alone as UCF led 41-18 at the break. Fall would end up with 23 points and 20 rebounds, becoming the first Knight in the Division I era to rack up a 20-20 game. Fall was also the first Knight since Paul Reed in 2001 to grab 20 rebounds in a game.

The Knights’ 47-point margin of victory was the largest for the program since November 12, 2010, when UCF defeated Division II West Florida 115-61. UCF dominated the boards, grabbing 58 rebounds, 6th-most in program history. Five Knights scored in double figures. SMU did not score in the game until the 14:54 mark of the first half.

It would turn out to be a huge turning point in the season as this game started the Knights on a four-game winning streak near the end of the regular season,with wins at South Florida, at #6 Houston and at home over #19 Cincinnati. Those wins would help propel the Knights into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.