ORLANDO, Fla. — Faced with their first real conference test, the UCF Knights (11-3, 2-0) obliterated Temple (9-6, 0-2), 77-53. Senior Matt Williams and sophomore Tacko Fall led the charge with 17 points apiece.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The absence of B.J. Taylor will continue.
Reported by FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, UCF sophomore B.J. Taylor will be unavailable for the Knights’ American Athletic Conference season opener at Tulane. The point guard has missed the last five games with a thumb injury.
The homegrown product is averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game on the season. The Knights are 3-2 during Taylor’s absence as opposed to 6-1 with 2014-15 AAC All-Rookie selection in the starting lineup.
“There is still no timetable on B.J. but he is getting better,” said UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins following his team’s victory on December 21 versus Bethune-Cookman. “I’m sure he will be back during the season. I don’t see how that won’t happen.”
With Taylor sidelined, redshirt junior A.J. Davis has assumed starting point guard duties. Davis, who has also dealt with an injury this season, has been a statsheet stuffer for the Knights. The Georgia native is averaging 6.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game during his backcourt mate’s absence.
UCF opens up with AAC cellar-dweller Tulane. The Green Wave, led by junior Cameron Reynolds, enter conference play with a 3-9 record.
The Knights’ conference home opener will be December 31 versus Temple. College Court Report will have live coverage from CFE Arena.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Year one of the Johnny Dawkins era has had its highs and lows for the UCF Knights (8-3).
Entering Sunday, the team was stuck in a lull that included a home loss to Penn and a road defeat at George Washington. During the losing streak, UCF averaged just 54 points per game, 17.5 less than their mark during the first eight contests.
Today, the Knights marched out of the precipice.
Led by a career-high 31 points from sophomore Tacko Fall, UCF fended off Miami (OH) (5-6), 80-73, in overtime.