Tulane 53

(12-3, 0-1 C-USA)

UCF 60

(11-3, 1-0 C-USA)

    7:00 PM ET, January 4, 2012

    CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Orlando, Florida

    1 2 T
    TULN 21 3253
    UCF 29 3160

    Top Performers

    Tulane: J. Callahan 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    UCF: K. Clanton 8 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    UCF 60, Tulane 53

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- 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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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 53 60
    FG Made-Attempted 23-58 (.397) 23-58 (.397)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 6-13 (.462)
    FT Made-Attempted 3-6 (.500) 8-13 (.615)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 17

    2011-12 Season

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