Spurlock, UCF cruise past Jacksonville 104-64

BILL FAY (Associated Press)
The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tristan Spurlock tied a career-high with 23 points and Isaiah Sykes added 17 points and six assists to propel the University of Central Florida to an easy 104-64 win over Jacksonville University.

Matt Williams scored 12 and Kasey Wilson had 10 for UCF (6-3), which led 54-28 at the half and by as many as 47 in the second half in coasting to their third straight victory. The Knights cruised through the final 20 minutes, mostly playing reserves. All 11 Knights in uniform scored at least one basket and UCF had 20 assists in the game.

''I told the guys it was about time we put together two good halves,'' UCF Coach Donnie Jones said. ''We've had a good half here and there, but tonight we came out with great energy, had a few shots go down and I was really proud of how we shared the ball.''

Jacksonville (3-6) played without its leading scorer, Jarvis Harwood and leading rebounder, Kordario Fleming and it showed. The Dolphins got 16 points from J.R. Holder and 15 from Marcel White, but trailed by 17 just seven minutes into the game and never got close after that.

''We would have been more competitive with Jarvis and Kordario, but we didn't defend and we definitely didn't rebound the whole game,'' Jacksonville Coach Cliff Warren said. ''We didn't make them work at all on the defensive end and once they got out in transition, they just got one easy basket after another. We weren't playing JU basketball at all tonight.''

Spurlock also had 11 rebounds as UCF outrebounded Jacksonville 43-28 and shot 60.3 percent for the game. The Knights started the game 8-for-9 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers from Spurlock and one from Wilson that helped produce a 21-4 lead seven minutes into the game. They finished the half 20 of 36 (55.6 percent), while limiting Jacksonville to 35.3 shooting.

Spurlock had 14 points at halftime, hitting four of nine shots, but it really didn't matter if he missed. UCF got offensive rebounds on nine of the team's 16 misses and converted four of them into follow-up dunks.

''We looked like a brand new team out there,'' Spurlock said. ''Everybody was passing, moving without the ball and hitting shots. We have the ability to play at that level every night so hopefully this is the start of something good.''

The Knights lead was up to 47-17 after two free throws from Dylan Karrell with 4:38 left in the half when they slowed down enough to let Jacksonville score on consecutive possessions for the first time in the game. Marcel White finished a fastbreak with a dunk, then followed with a 3-pointer that made it 52-25.

White had 10 points for the Dolphins in the half, but got little help from teammates. Holder scored 14 of his 16 in the second half, most of which came against UCF reserves.

Spurlock's layup with 12:58 put the Knights up 79-32 and was his last basket of the game. He and Sykes went to the bench after the next whistle and didn't play again.

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