UCF 84, Miami 78

Unbeaten Central Florida gave up 17 consecutive points in the

first half before Keith Clanton led a rally that helped the Knights

beat the Miami Hurricanes 84-78 on Saturday in the one-day Orange

Bowl Classic.

The Knights trailed 43-31 late in the first half, their largest

deficit this season. Clanton scored all but one of his 14 points

after halftime, and Marcus Jordan scored 23 before leaving the game

due to injury with 84 seconds left.

Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, hurt his left ankle when he

was fouled and fell at midcourt. He grimaced in pain and didn’t put

any weight on his ankle as he was helped to the sideline, but he

stood in front of the bench in the final seconds.

X-rays were planned, and Jordan said it would be a couple of

days before the extent of the injury could be assessed.

The Knights (10-0), off to their best start since 1979, are on

the verge of cracking the Top 25 for the first time. Six of their

wins have comes against in-state opponents, including the Florida

Gators.

The Hurricanes (7-3) had won five games in a row, and they lost

to Central Florida for the first time in seven meetings.

Clanton, the Knights’ leading scorer this season, went without a

basket for the first 23 1/2 minutes but finished 6 for 8 and had

seven rebounds. Central Florida shot 15 for 20 (75 percent) in the

second half.

Miami led 47-45 when the game was delayed for 25 minutes in the

second half because of a power outage in the area. The Knights were

at their best after that, penetrating into the lane repeatedly down

the stretch.

Isaiah Sykes hit a left hook to give Central Florida its first

lead of the half, 59-58 with eight minutes left. The basket came

during a stretch when the Knights scored on eight of nine

possessions, and they stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Nursing a three-point lead, Central Florida missed four

consecutive free throws in the final 34 seconds. But Sykes made an

interception before Miami could attempt a tying shot, and Dave

Diakite’s two free throws sealed the win.

Malcolm Grant led Miami with 19 points, and Durand Scott added

12.

Three-point baskets by Adrian Thomas and Grant capped the

Hurricanes’ 17-point run in the first half, which put them ahead

21-10. The Knights missed 12 consecutive shots and went 6 1/2

minutes without a point.

DeQuan Jones had three dunks in the final 3:18 of the first half

to help Miami lead 43-33 at halftime.