UCF Outlasts the Hatters

GO KNIGHTS Justin Rose had several key baskets in the second half to help UCF defeat Stetson
Justin Rose had several key baskets in the second half to help UCF defeat Stetson

Feb. 11, 2005

Box Score

DeLAND - Sophomore Josh Peppers scored 19 points and senior Gary Johnson added 16 points as the UCF men's basketball team outlasted host Stetson, 71-62, in Atlantic Sun action on Thursday evening at the Edmunds Center. The Golden Knights (16-7, 9-6 A-Sun) have won four consecutive games overall and the last eight against Stetson (10-13, 8-8).

With Stetson up 54-53 with 6:21 to play, Peppers drained three-point shots on back-to-back possessions to give UCF a five-point edge. A pair of free throws by E.J. Gordon narrowed the Golden Knight advantage to 59-58 with just under five minutes on the clock.

The Hatters would get no closer as they were held scoreless until the game's final moments - a span of over four and a half minutes. UCF got a trey from junior Justin Rose and layups from juniors Anthony Williams and Will Bakanowsky to take a 66-58 lead with just 1:11 to go.

Rose came off the bench to nail a pair of treys on his way to nine points. Williams had 10 points, eight boards and three blocks.

The contest featured 11 ties and 16 lead changes.

After a jumper from Borislav Djordjic, Stetson led 9-2 to start the game. The Golden Knights then went inside, getting a layup from Williams and two baskets from junior Marcus Johnson on consecutive trips to get within three. A layup by Gary Johnson at the 10:19 mark handed UCF a 16-14 advantage.

Both teams shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and the visitors led, 32-29, at the break.

The start of the game, originally slated for 8:15 p.m. after a Stetson women's contest, was delayed for an hour after the first-half of the doubleheader went into four overtimes.



A bucket in the paint by freshman Adam Gill helped the Golden Knights to a three-point edge with 10:44 remaining in the game, but the Hatters responded, as Gordon scored on layups on consecutive possessions to put Stetson ahead, 50-49.

Overall, UCF shot 53.5 percent for the game, compared to 46.8 for the Hatters. The Golden Knights outrebounded the hosts, 29-21. Behind nine points from Rose and six from Marcus Johnson, UCF's bench accounted for 17 points. Peppers finished with a career-high five assists and Bakanowsky tallied nine points and five rebounds. Gary Johnson posted four steals.

Gordon recorded a game-high 23 points, six assists and six steals. Will Holloman scored 13 points and Anthony Register chipped in with 11.

The Golden Knights close out a three-game road swing on Saturday, visiting Jacksonville at noon. The game will be televised live in Florida on Sun Sports.