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