Strong Shooting from Deep Has Helped Knights During Winning Streak

Dec. 24, 2013

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF will start American Athletic Conference play on New Year's Eve riding a five-game winning streak. The Knights' accurate shooting from deep is a big reason that the team will enter competition in the new league playing its best basketball of the season.

In their last four games, the Knights drained 51 3-pointers and shot 50.0 percent from behind-the-arc. UCF is making 40.1 percent of its treys on the year, which is good for third in the league.

UCF will open play in The American on Dec. 31 against defending national champion Louisville at CFE Arena. In order to top the No. 6 Cardinals, head coach Donnie Jones' squad will need another strong shooting performance.

A pair of veterans have led the way from deep as of late. In wins over Howard, Jacksonville, Rio Grande and Valparaiso, Kasey Wilson made 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) of his attempts from 3-point range. Tristan Spurlock shot 10-of-20 (50.0 percent) during the span.

Wilson ranks third in The American in 3-point field goal percentage at 54.8, while Spurlock and Matt Williams are tied for ninth (42.3).