Feb. 21, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 19, 2013
Knights Win Overtime Thriller at Houston
After nearly winning the game with a buzzer beater at the end of regulation, UCF used a dominating overtime performance to post a thrilling 79-75 victory over Houston Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andy Seeley
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) -- The UCF men's basketball team will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to face the Houston Cougars Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas.
The game will be televised on ESPNNews, with tipoff set for 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT. Knights fans can listen to the game on 740 AM The Game with Voice of the Knights Marc Daniels. Pregame coverage on 740 The Game begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.
UCF TEAM NOTES
• The Knights snapped a nine-game losing streak with a thrilling, last-second victory over rival USF last Saturday afternoon in Tampa. Isaiah Sykes hit a runner in the lane that dropped through the bucket with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift UCF to the 75-74 victory. Sykes scored 27 points in the win.
• Four Knights scored in double figures Saturday at USF. It was the first time UCF had four players reach double digits since a Dec. 22 victory over Valparaiso -- a span of 13 games.
• Last Saturday’s win was UCF’s first American Athletic Conference road win. It was just the Knights’ second road victory of the season, with the other coming on Nov. 21 at Miami.
• The Knights have really run the gauntlet in the American Athletic Conference the past month. UCF had a stretch of three straight and five-of-six games against nationally-ranked opponents. Including No. 7 Cincinnati’s 77-49 win over UCF Wednesday night made it six of the last eight games vs. Top 25 opponents.
• This will be the first meeting this season between UCF and Houston. The Cougars are the only American Athletic Conference team the Knights have yet to face this year.
• UCF out-rebounded Cincinnati 40-37 Wednesday night. The Knights remain the top rebounding squad in the American Athletic Conference. UCF averages 38.5 rebounds per game. The Knights have out-rebounded their opponent in 14 of 24 games so far this season. Saturday’s opponent -- Houston -- is last in the league in rebounding, averaging just 34.6 boards per game.
UCF INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jack of All Trades, Master of Many
• In addition to being the only player in the American Athletic Conference in the Top 15 in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and field-goal percentage, Isaiah Sykes leads the Knights in many statistical categories.
• The senior, who was selected to the American Athletic Conference All-Preseason 2nd Team, is tops on the Knights in points, rebounds, assists, minutes played, field goals made/ attempted, free throws made/attempted and fouls. He is second on the squad in steals.
• Sykes, who led the country with a pair of triple-doubles in 2012-13, bolstered his scoring average with a career-best and team season-high 29 points at Rutgers on Jan. 15, in addition to his 27 at USF Saturday. He has reached the 20-point plateau eight times this season, and did so in both outings against the rival Bulls.
• Double-double vs. Cincinnati on Wed. night was 4th of season and 11th of his career.
Among The Best
• Sykes moved to No. 8 on the UCF career scoring list after the 27-point effort at USF Saturday. He now has 1,413 points in 120 contests.
• Sykes is also among the program’s all-time leaders in rebounds (4th, 713), steals (5th, 168) and assists (6th, 317).
• He and Jerry Prather (1974-78) are the only Knights in the UCF career Top 10 for points, rebounds, steals and assists.
• Sykes is one of just four Knights ever to record 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.
Big Mac Attack
• Prior to last the Feb. 9 game vs. UConn, 6-foot 10-inch, 310-pound freshman Justin McBride hadn’t scored a point or played more than three minutes in four games of action.
• That all changed against the Huskies. McBride saw 13 minutes of action and scored 13 points, all in the second half. The big man was 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line. He also grabbed three rebounds and blocked a shot in the contest.
• The big fella made continued to make a huge (no pun intended) impact last week, earning American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors.
• McBride scored six points and grabbed seven boards in 16 minutes at Memphis. He tallied 13 points and five boards in the win over USF Saturday. He also cleared the way to the glass for Isaiah Sykes’ game-wnning bucket with a screen near the top of the key.
• He added eight points and five rebounds (both totals were No. 2 on the team) vs. Cincy.
• McBride was only cleared for practice six weeks ago, after coming off ACL reconstruction.
Spurring Them On
• Tristan Spurlock has been up and down in American Athletic Conference play, but put together two back-to-back complete outings last week.
• Spurlock scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards at Memphis last Wednesday night, recording his second double-double of the season.
• He hadn’t recorded back-to-back double-digit scoring games in conference play prior to last Saturday’s game at USF. But he posted 16 points and eight boards vs. the Bulls.
• He has now scored in double digits in five of 13 American Athletic Conference games.
• Spurlock is the team’s second-leading scorer. At .800, Spurlock leads the Knights in free-throw percentage. He is the only Knight regular above 70 percent from the charity stripe.