Recap: UCF vs. Belmont
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Keith Clanton registered a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds as the UCF Knights held off the Belmont Bruins to pick up a 66-63 victory in the title game of the UCF Holiday Tournament.
Isaiah Sykes added 16 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field for the Knights (9-3), who extended their winning streak to three games. Kasey Wilson also got into the mix with 10 points and eight boards.
Ian Clark paced Belmont (9-4) by tallying 21 points. Kerron Johnson added 18 points and eight rebounds while Trevor Noack contributed 12 points.
The Bruins came out of the gate cold and knocked down only 25.7 percent of their field goal attempts with only one make on 11 attempts from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes of action. UCF took a 33-21 advantage into the intermission after it hit 41.9 percent of its shots from the floor including 5-of-12 from 3-point range.
Clanton drained a shot from distance to put the Knights ahead, 54-41, with 6:46 left in regulation, but Belmont staged a late comeback effort. Noack connected on an attempt from beyond the arc with 35 seconds showing on the clock to narrow UCF's lead to 63-61, however Belmont was unable to get any closer as the Knights added three points at the free throw line in the final 20 seconds to secure the win. The Bruins put the pressure on the hosts after the break by outscoring the Knights, 18-8, in the paint.
UCF could have coasted to an easy win, but its 15-of-27 performance at the charity stripe allowed Belmont to hang around. The Bruins lost despite committing only eight turnovers and holding a slight 41-40 edge in the rebounding battle.Game Notes