O'Donnell Leads UCF to Exhibition Win


Nov. 6, 2007

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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Senior guard Mike O'Donnell (Largo, Fla./Largo) scored a game-high 28 points to lift the UCF men's basketball team to an 83-57 exhibition game victory over Florida Southern at the new UCF Arena on Tuesday evening. O'Donnell hit five 3-pointers as the Knights shot 50 percent both overall and from deep for the game.

UCF will play the inaugural regular-season contest inside the new UCF Arena on Sunday against national power Nevada. Tip-off for the game is set for 2 p.m.

The Knights led by eight points at halftime and pulled away with a 12-1 run to start the second period. The hosts shot 52.8 percent from the floor in the second half, compared to 22.2 percent (6-of-27) for the Mocs.

Florida Southern connected on just 29.3 percent of its field-goal attempts for the game.

O'Donnell shot 10-of-14 from the floor for the contest. UCF junior guard Jermaine Taylor (Tavares, Fla./Tavares) chipped in with 15 points and six assists in the win. Junior center Kenrick Zondervan (Hoofddorp, Holland) added 10 points and a team-best eight boards.

The Knights dominated inside and finished with a 38-12 advantage in the paint.

Will Graham and Rob Eldridge paced the Mocs with 13 points each.

The contest served as the Knights' second and final exhibition game before the regular-season campaign.

Season tickets are currently available by calling 407-UCF-1000. One lucky season ticket holder will get to drive home from the new UCF Arena in a brand new 2008 UCF edition Mazda CX-9, courtesy of Classic Mazda, the presenting sponsor of this year's season ticket drive. UCF fans who purchase two season tickets be automatically entered into a drawing to win the Mazda CX-9.

In addition to hosting Nevada, the Knights will also face nationally-recognized programs like Ole Miss and Connecticut in Orlando. During conference play, eight C-USA squads, including Houston and UAB, will play at the new arena.

Single-game tickets are also now on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the UCF ticket office at Bright House Networks Stadium.

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