Hot-Shooting Hurricanes Top UCF



Dec. 18, 2012

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By Doug Richards

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF entered Tuesday's contest with Miami as one of the best shooting teams in the country. The Knights led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and were second in overall shooting.

Instead of a strong offensive performance from the Knights, fans in the UCF Arena saw the Hurricanes shoot the ball with accuracy all evening on their way to a 72-50 victory. The Hurricanes (7-1), who are currently receiving top-25 votes, never trailed during the contest as they snapped UCF's (6-3) three-game winning streak.

Miami raced out to a 14-2 lead to start the game and shot 51.7 percent in the opening half. The Hurricanes limited the Knights to 30.4 percent shooting in the opening stanza and took a 37-21 edge into halftime.

After Miami built its advantage to 19 points, the hosts got within 11 points with 11:09 to play when Daiquan Walker hit one of his two second-half triples to cut the Hurricane lead to 51-40. After a timeout, Miami responded with a basket on its next possession and the Knights would get no closer the rest of the way.

"That is a very good Miami team. They came out and did what you need to do, get a big lead on the road," UCF head coach Donnie Jones. "They made some shots. We had some shots that didn't go early on. I thought our team didn't handle that well early on, but give Miami credit, they made some big shots early on to get a big lead."

Keith Clanton led UCF with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 39 minutes.

Miami shot 48.3 percent for the game and finished with a 39-26 advantage on the glass. Four Hurricanes finished with double figures in scoring, led by Durand Scott with 17 points.

Miami served as the first ACC opponent to play at the UCF Arena since the facility opened in 2007. The Hurricanes were playing in Orlando for the first time since 2002.

The Knights entered the game shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 44.1 from deep. They shot 35.4 percent overall and 22.7 percent from 3-point range. Walker, Kasey Wilson and Isaiah Sykes all added nine points for the hosts.

The game was the third of four contests in only nine days for the Knights, who will return to action Thursday at 7 p.m. against visiting Stetson.