But UCF didn’t fail this test either.
The Knights battled hard against the undefeated and sixth-ranked Houston Cougars. They out-rebounded one of the best rebounding teams in the sport. They held Houston to 36 percent shooting, 28 percent from 3-point range, and trailed by just four points with two minutes to play.
But a late, elongated scoring drought and too many lost possessions ultimately left the Knights on the short end of a 63-54 game.
In this latest version of Knight Shift, Eric Lopez, Andrew Gluchov and Brian Murphy recap this network television showdown, what went wrong, what went right and why UCF fans should come away from this defeat still feeling pretty positive about their men’s basketball team.
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You can also listen to what head coach Johnny Dawkins and senior guard Darius Perry had to say during the post-game press conference in the clips below: