Turnovers costly in ECU loss to UCF

Greenville -- UCF held ECU to 31.9 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers as the Knights defeated ECU, 59-39, Sunday afternoon inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

TURNING POINT
After ECU (6-7, 0-2 The American) scored the opening two points of the second half, but UCF (10-4, 1-1) answered with a 16-0 run to turn a nine-point halftime lead into a 23-point cushion with 13:53 to play. The Pirates pulled within 11, 45-34, with 9:15 to play, but the Knights scored eight unanswered to push its lead back to 19 with 5:57 remaining.

ECU PLAYER-OF-THE-GAME
Senior B.J. Tyson was the only Pirate to score double figures, finishing with 13 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds, which tied for the team lead.

UCF PLAYER-OF-THE-GAME
A.J. Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, going 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He also handed out three assists and was credited with one steal.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"Thirty-nine percent defensive field goal percentage is a winning number and that's where you want to be as a team. With that said, our Achilles heel is taking care of the basketball. Twenty-one turnovers is a losing number on any level in any game. Thirty-nine percent is a winning number, but it's negated by 21 turnovers. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball." – Interim Head Coach Michael Perry

KEY PERFORMERS
Junior walk-on Justice Obasohan posted career-highs for rebounds (5), blocked shots (4) and minutes played (21); Prior to tonight's game he had three rebounds, zero blocks and eight minutes played in his career … Junior Usman Haruna grabbed a season-best seven rebounds and has averaged 6.0 rebounds per game over the past three games

UP NEXT
ECU returns home Sunday, Dec. 31, to face UCF at 4 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.