It will be a night that no one who was in the building will ever forget.
It was Senior Knight for UCF Basketball seniors Anthony Catotti, Chad Brown, Dayon Griffin, B.J. Taylor and Tacko Fall. UCF was coming off a monumental win at #6 Houston five days earlier, and came into this game ranked 25th, hosting the #19 Bearcats of Cincinnati.
While UCF took a big step toward locking up an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, a win over Cincinnati would make everyone feel better about their chances. But it was also the last chance to see the seniors at home - especially Taylor and Fall, who had a legendary four-year run (which I wrote about after the Bearcats game).
Taylor and Fall would lead the way once again, with B.J. scoring a game-high 22 points on a trio of three-pointers and grabbing six rebounds, while Fall chipped in with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks while helping UCF’s defense hold the Bearcats to 37% shooting for the game.
Fall’s mom Mariane Sene, who had never been to the United States to see her son play basketball, was in attendance to see Fall’s last home game, as UCF would knock off Cincinnati in a defensive slugfest, 58-55.
The celebration afterwards was incredible ,as fans stormed the court. But this was not a storming because UCF just knocked off a ranked team. This was a storming of the court because everyone in that building that night, from fans, players, coaches and media, knew at that moment, for the first time since 2005, UCF was going dancing.