Sykes Singled Out

March 17, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – The Knights played just two games at the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament. But they were certainly noticed – especially senior Isaiah Sykes.

Sykes was named to the American Athletic Conference Championship All-Tournament team Saturday. He was the only player from a team that didn’t reach the semifinals to be honored.

Sykes scored a career-high 36 points in the opening round, as the Knights defeated Temple 94-90 in double overtime. He tacked on nine rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 44 minutes of action against the Owls. In the quarterfinal round, Sykes put up 21 points and another nine rebounds, as UCF nearly pulled an upset of No. 1 seed Cincinnati. The Knights eventually fell to the Bearcats 61-58.

Sykes finished his career at UCF with 1,545 points to rank No. 7 all-time. He tallied 764 rebounds, which ranked No. 4 all-time. Sykes totals of 183 steals and 336 assists were No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, on the Knights’ UCF career charts.