For the first time in 12 games at Tulsa, the UCF men's basketball team came away with a win Saturday night.
Long time coming.— UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) February 7, 2021
That elusive W in Tulsa is ours. ✊ pic.twitter.com/utX0GCGgvl
The Knights snapped a three-game losing streak thanks to the long ball and defense. UCF knocked down a season-best 13 3s, going 13-of-28 for the game. UCF held Tulsa to 58 points, marking the first time the Knights have kept an opponent to fewer than 60 points since their season-opening win against Auburn. UCF also shut down Tulsa’s leading scorer, Brandon Rachal, to eight points on 3-of-13 shooting.
UCF controlled most of the game and led by as many as 16 points in the second half. Tulsa went on a 14-0 run over eight minutes to pull within 57-56 with 2:31 to play. But the Knights would not be denied on this day. They scored eight of the game's last 10 points, highlighted by Brandon Mahan's 3-pointer that put UCF up 61-56 with 1:14 left. The Knights never looked back.
Darius Perry scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from deep. Mahan chipped in 15 points, all on 3-pointers.
The UCF Knights are now 5-9 on the season, 3-8 in the AAC and will head back home to host the Wichita State Shockers on Wednesday. Last weekend in Wichita, the Knights squandered late leads in the second half and in overtime to suffer a heartbreaking defeat, 93-88.