No. 4 Connecticut loses to Central Florida
Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton each scored 20 points, and
Central Florida rallied to upset No. 4 Connecticut 68-63 in the
semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday.
Jordan also had seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knights
(4-1), who trailed by 17 early in the second half. Clanton finished
with six rebounds and two steals.
Jeremy Lamb had 15 points for the defending national champion
Huskies (5-1), who lost for the first time since March 5 against
Notre Dame. Alex Oriakhi had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Connecticut put together a 10-0 run to take a 50-33 lead with 16
minutes left. Lamb sparked the run with a 3-pointer and also hit
two free throws during the surge.
Central Florida then scored 17 of the next 19 points to pull
within two. Clanton kicked off the rally with a 3-pointer and
Jordan finished the spurt with a 3.
Lamb made another 3 to stretch the Huskies’ lead to five, but
they couldn’t hold off the pesky Knights. Jordan converted a layup,
then made two free throws to give Central Florida a 58-57 advantage
with just over three minutes left. Jordan added four more foul
shots down the stretch to preserve the big win.
Isaiah Sykes added 10 points for the Knights, including
consecutive layups that stretched Central Florida’s lead to 62-57
late in the game.
Andre Drummond finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four
blocked shots for the Huskies, who led 38-29 at halftime.