Insider: UCF Wins C-USA Opener

The Knights dominated the boards out-rebounded Tulane  43-32, and got 19 points from Marcus Jordan as UCF (11-3) defeated Tulane (12-3) 60-53  in Conference USA Opener Wednesday night. A.J. Rompza scored 11 points  and 5 steals while Keith Clanton chipped in with 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

Wednesday night was the first of three  conference games that UCF Head Coach Donnie Jones has to sit out due to  without pay due to his ties to the ongoing NCAA investigation into the program’s recruiting practices. Associate Head Coach Shawn Finney will continue to fill in for Jones on Saturday when UCF plays at East Carolina. Check out Finney’s postgame reaction below.

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 Knights Notes

– Keith Clanton became the seventh player in school history to earn at least 600 career rebounds as he was six shy of the milestone heading into the Tulane Game. Clanton is eight points shy of recording 1,000 career points.

– Marcus Jordan is 32 points shy of 1,000 career points.

– UCF is now 9-0  at home this season

– East Carolina lost at Southern Miss  78-76  and will come in to saturday match up against the Knights with a 9-5 overall record. ECU defeated UCF three times last season including the first round of C-USA Tournament.