UCF Young Guns Hold On For Season Opening Win


By: Andrew Phegley (Orlando, FL 11/16/14)

      UCF young guns B.J. Taylor, and Adonys Henriquez combined for 25 points for a 64-55 win over Stetson University of Deland, FL. Junior college transfer Shaheed Davis also recorded his first double double of the young season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Other leading scorers for the knights were Staphon Blair with 11 points and Brandon Goodwin.

      The Knights struggled on defense and let Stetson sick around till the final minutes of the game, and were out rebounded for much of the first half. But the Knights took a 34-28 lead to the locker room at the half.

      In the Second half the Knights went on a 11-0 scoring run to shore up the 15th victory in a row against a long time rival in Stetson.

      B.J. Taylor commented after the game about what it was like to play his first game for the Knights. "It was great being out here in the first game," "The student section was great. It was awesome having all those students that are supporting us. Both me and Adonys are from Orlando, so it's great to play in front of family and friends tonight and get the win."

      Coach Donnie Jones had this to say in his opening statement of the post game press conference. "I guess the best thing is we're 1-0. We got the win. I'm happy with how we played in the last six minutes. We went on an 11-0 run down the stretch. I thought we played the right way, got some stops. You worry about a young basketball team and how they'll finish when it's not going their way. It was a tough game. I thought their guards played well. We needed to come in from the beginning and expect a grind game all the way. That's what we got. I was happy. I wanted to play some guys a little bit more than I was able to tonight, but we stuck with those guys that were playing well down the stretch giving us what we need to get the victory."

      Jones then spoke about B.J. Taylor "Sometimes you've got to live with some tough shots that he took early on. When a guy can score like that you've got to live with that. I think he made some big plays, made some big free throws. He's just got that ability and that knack to either get fouled or score sometimes. This is a great experience for him. He played a lot of minutes tonight, probably more than I'd like to play him just for a fatigue standpoint, but you can see he's not your typical freshman. He's pretty tough and poised, especially down the stretch.

      The Knights return to action Thursday night November 20th at CFE arena against Eckerd College of St. Petersburg FL. Tip off is at 7pm.