Updated: Saturday, 14 Nov 2009, 3:25 AM EST
Published : Saturday, 14 Nov 2009, 3:25 AM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. (WWLP) - UCF took advantage of some poor UMass shooting and hit its own shots as the Minutemen fell at UCF Arena, 84-67 on Friday night. The Minutemen shot just 33 percent from the floor while the Knights made 55 percent of their shots. UMass did attempt a school record 38 3-point field goals, making 12 of them.
UCF's Isaac Sosa was on fire all night as he made 9-of-11 from the floor for a game-best 26 points. Diminutive point guard A.J. Rompza scored 13 and handed out five assists.
Senior Ricky Harris led UMass with 15 points, while freshman Freddie Riley added 12 in his debut, making four 3-pointers. Anthony Gurley scored 14 points off the bench. Freshman Terrell Vinson had a team-high seven rebounds for UMass, and scored four points before fouling out.
UCF outscored UMass 46-32 in the second half .
After two quick baskets by Gurley to open the second half, UCF continued its strong end of the first half and took a double-figure lead for the first time at 56-46 with 10:04 left in the second half. Sosa made the Knights' first 3-pointer attempted of the second half for the large lead. A 9-0 run broke a 43-43 tie as a Keith Clanton dunk punctuated the run.
UCF continued to extend its its late in the second half, leading by as many as 18.
UCF got off to a hot start as UMass struggled from the floor. The Knights built a 13-4 lead with 14:11 left in the first half as a Rompza trey gave UCF their biggest bulge of the first half.
UMass started to heat up midway through the half as the 3-pointers started to fall. The Minutemen tied the game at 15 all with 11:05 left. Riley's 3-pointer deadlocked the game for the first time since 2-2.
The Minutemen continued to extend their lead to as large as seven at 30-23 on the second 3-pointer by Freddie Riley with 7:41 left in the half. But UCF tightened up its defense and started shooting lights out and outscored UMass 15-5 to end the half with a 38-35 intermission lead.
UMass returns to action in its home opener against Cornell next Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. That game will be the first of four Legends Classic games for UMass.