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UCF Hoops Blitzes Ole Miss 72-61

Knights jumped out to 21-0 lead and never trailed

Taylor Hendricks
Derek Warden

The UCF Knights Basketball team jumped all over the Ole Miss Rebels, scoring the first 21 points of the game, and never trailed en route to a 72-61 win in Oxford to improve to 8-2 on the season.

C.J. Kelly led the Knights with a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds, while Taylor Hendricks added 17 points.

Here are my three thoughts on the win.


In my 20-plus years of following UCF Basketball, I have never seen a better start by a Knights team than Wednesday night, holding a pretty good Ole Miss squad scoreless for 8 minutes, forcing 8 turnovers, and executing on offense, scoring 21 points during that same time period.

The Knights would play from ahead all night and had answers whenever Ole Miss would make a run. That proved to be too much for the Rebels.

2. C.J Kelly & Taylor Hendricks Were Clutch in the 2nd Half

Kelly and Hendricks combined to score 27 of the Knights' 36 2nd-half points.

Kelly scored 16 of his season-high 20 in the second half, hitting daggers from the perimeter every time Ole Miss was making a run. He went 8/10 from the field including 3/4 from the 3-point line.

Hendricks scored 11 of his 17 points in the final 20 minutes of the game and did what great players do, which is close the game for the Knights down the stretch.

3. UCF Is Building a P5 Resume

UCF now has wins against Ole Miss (SEC), Oklahoma State (Big 12), and Florida State (ACC). Ole Miss and Oklahoma State are the two marquee wins of the season as the Rebels and Cowboys are ranked in the top 60 in the NET Rankings and in KenPom. The Ole Miss win is a true road win, which as of now is a Quad 1 win.

The Knights will look to add to the resume Saturday when they take on Missouri in Sunrise. The Tigers are 9-1 on the season and ranked 61st in KenPom and 67th in NET. Tip-off is scheduled for noon eastern and will be televised on Bally Sports Florida.