Tulane vs UCF

UCF 60, Tulane 53

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Marcus Jordan scored 19 points and A.J. Rompza added 11 to lead Central Florida to a 60-53 win over Tulane on Wednesday night in the Conference USA opener for both schools.

Keith Clanton scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knights (11-3). UCF played without coach Donnie Jones on the sideline, who sat out the first of three conference games as part of a school-imposed penalty for his involvement in an NCAA investigation that revealed recruiting violations.

Jordan Callahan had 18 points and seven rebounds for Tulane (12-3). Kendall Timmons added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Green Wave.

Rompza hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the game, but it was Jordan who was a steady hand for the Knights throughout, hitting 7 of 15 shots from the field and all four of his free throw attempts.

UCF dominated the paint in the first half, outrebounding the Green Wave 28-16, but the Knights had little to show for it. Jordan scored 11 points and the Knights led by 14 after Rompza's first 3-pointer made it 27-13 with 6:49 left in the half.

However, UCF scored only two points the rest of the half and Tulane whittled the deficit to eight, 29-21, by halftime and got within 31-25 on Ricky Tarrant's fast-break layup with 17:52 left in the game.

Rompza responded with another 3-pointer to ignite a 13-2 UCF run that gave the Knights enough of a cushion to coast to the victory.

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Scoreboard
Tulane (12-3)213253
UCF (11-3) «293160

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Tulane Green Wave
J. Davis, F384-120-25228
K. Timmons, F385-112-292212
K. Thomas, F161-40-02032
J. Callahan, G408-130-073018
R. Tarrant, G295-110-054412
M. Ziegenhagen260-60-01330
T. Drye80-01-20021
G. Fiorentinos30-10-00000
B. Cherry20-00-00000
Totals 23-583-632141653
 39.7%50% 
UCF Knights
K. Clanton, F364-120-212408
J. Crittle, C221-31-23023
M. Jordan, G387-154-432019
I. Sykes, G302-113-55227
A. Rompza, G274-50-014311
P. Gaynor173-30-08028
T. Spurlock161-50-05112
J. Jordan90-10-00000
D. McCombs31-30-03002
R. Days20-00-00000
Totals 23-588-1343131060
 39.7%61.5% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339

American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
SMU17-130-513
Cincinnati16-230-612
Houston12-621-1154
UCF11-724-1269
Memphis9-919-13121
UConn9-916-17119
Tulsa8-1015-17132
Temple7-1116-16135
E. Carolina6-1215-18214
Tulane3-156-25298
So. Florida1-177-23316
 
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GTOWN 73
DUKE 73 Final
Temple 78
EKY 67 Final
MRST 76
K-State 49 Final
Kansas 67
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PROV 73