Central Florida Rallies Past Miami 84-78

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Unbeaten Central Florida gave up 17 consecutive points in the first half before Keith Clanton led a rally that helped the Knights beat the Miami Hurricanes 84-78 on Saturday in the one-day Orange Bowl Classic.

The Knights trailed 43-31 late in the first half, their largest deficit this season. Clanton scored all but one of his 14 points after halftime, and Marcus Jordan scored 23 before leaving the game due to injury with 84 seconds left.

Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, hurt his left ankle when he was fouled and fell at mid-court. He grimaced in pain and didn't put any weight on his ankle as he was helped to the sideline, but he stood in front of the bench in the final seconds.

X-rays were planned, and Jordan said it would be a couple of days before the extent of the injury could be assessed.

The Knights (10-0), off to their best start since 1979, are on the verge of cracking the Top 25 for the first time. Six of their wins have comes against in-state opponents, including the Florida Gators.

The Hurricanes (7-3) had won five games in a row, and they lost to Central Florida for the first time in seven meetings.

Clanton, the Knights' leading scorer this season, went without a basket for the first 23 1/2 minutes but finished 6 for 8 and had seven rebounds. Central Florida shot 15 for 20 (75 percent) in the second half.

Miami led 47-45 when the game was delayed for 25 minutes in the second half because of a power outage in the area. The Knights were at their best after that, penetrating into the lane repeatedly down the stretch.

Isaiah Sykes hit a left hook to give Central Florida its first lead of the half, 59-58 with eight minutes left. The basket came during a stretch when the Knights scored on eight of nine possessions, and they stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Nursing a three-point lead, Central Florida missed four consecutive free throws in the final 34 seconds. But Sykes made an interception before Miami could attempt a tying shot, and Dave Diakite's two free throws sealed the win.

Malcolm Grant led Miami with 19 points, and Durand Scott added 12.

Three-point baskets by Adrian Thomas and Grant capped the Hurricanes' 17-point run in the first half, which put them ahead 21-10. The Knights missed 12 consecutive shots and went 6 1/2 minutes without a point.

DeQuan Jones had three dunks in the final 3:18 of the first half to help Miami lead 43-33 at halftime.

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  • by PK on Dec 21, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    The Jacksonville Dolphins (who?!) beat Florida last night as well. Keep crowin' UCF... LOL!
  • by ECU Alum Location: Tampa on Dec 21, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    ECU is 9-2 all time against UCF in football. Also you lost to us last year once in basketball, not to mention we are terrible at basketball. Congrats on beating Miami big name school with no basketball history at all! You have managed to win all your games with that cupcake schedule besides UF. Keep dreaming big down in Disney Land.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 20, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    For your information, ECU is higher tier and has been higher tier for years than UCF, athletically and academically. I'm sure UCF would win a national championship in a disney play contest or in a circus of clowns, but that's about all.
  • by Me on Dec 18, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    UCF needs to get out of CupcakeUSAwful.
  • by UCF Alum on Dec 18, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    Another sign that it is time for UCF to move into a major conference. UCF is bound for the Big East or ACC at some point and the sooner the better. Being in a small time conference with lower level schools like ECU is holding the entire UCF athletic program back from challenging for national championships in all sports. If the program stays in a league of mediocre programs like ECU, we are in danger of falling back in to mediocrity with them. Let's go Big East.

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