UCF Hoops Fastbreak - Jordan Excels Against BIG EAST

Dec. 23, 2009

By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Following his 13-point performance at No. 14 UConn Sunday, freshman guard Marcus Jordan (Highland Park, Ill.) might want to encourage head coach Kirk Speraw to add games with Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall and West Virginia to UCF's schedule. Jordan seems to excel against BIG EAST programs, so he probably would not mind a few more matchups against league teams.

In games at Notre Dame, USF and UConn, he averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. Jordan shot 61.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from deep, making 4-of-6 triples.

"His best games have come against BIG EAST teams," Speraw said. "He stepped up against the best competition. That is a great sign for him. He is starting to feel a little more comfortable shooting the basketball. We know he is going to be a good defender, and as he starts to learn a little more about the offense, he is going to get better and better."

After his performance at UConn, Jordan garnered Conference USA Rookie of the Week honors.

Although there are no other BIG EAST schools on the Knights' schedule, expect to see Jordan have more big games as a freshman.

"He is a gamer and he stepped up big against the best guys that we have played this year," Speraw said.

UCF's next game is against Liberty on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. at the UCF Arena. The contest is part of the UCF Holiday Classic, which also includes Buffalo and Jacksonville.

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Notes: Sophomore guard Isaac Sosa (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) has connected on 50.0 percent of his 3-point attempts this year. That mark ranks 12th in the country.