Knights to Begin February on Road at ECU

Feb. 1, 2010

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By Doug Richards

GREENVILLE, N.C. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's basketball team will begin the month of February on the road when the Knights face East Carolina Tuesday. Tip-off for the Conference USA game from Minges Coliseum is 7 p.m.

Freshman forward Keith Clanton (Orlando, Fla.) has led UCF (10-11, 2-5 C-USA) in scoring in three-straight contests. The former Orlando Christian Prep star totaled a game-high 17 points Saturday against Tulsa. He is averaging a team-best 11.6 points in C-USA play.

The Pirates are 7-14 overall and 1-6 in league games. Brock Young is the squad's top scorer at 14.9 points per game.

The game will air on the UCF-ISP Sports Network and its flagship station, 740 The Game in Orlando. Marc Daniels' call will also be available at UCFAthletics.com.

UCF's next home contest is Feb. 13 against Tulane.

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UCF-East Carolina Series Information
? UCF has a 10-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Pirates
? Since UCF joined Conference USA, the Knights are 8-1 against East Carolina
? The Knights have taken victories in four of their five visits to Greenville, with the lone loss coming last season when the Pirates claimed an 89-75 win on Feb. 7, 2009
? The teams concluded the 2008-09 regular season with a March 7 matchup in Orlando and Jermaine Taylor scored 27 of his game-high 36 points after intermission to help the Knights overcome a 17-point deficit and post a 74-71 victory
? UCF and East Carolina will meet again this year on March 2 at the UCF Arena

Up Next for the Knights
? UCF will have a bye on Saturday and then return to action on Feb. 10 at Memphis
? The contest will serve as the lone matchup this year between the Knights and Memphis

Last Time Out
? Keith Clanton scored a game-high 17 points Saturday, but it was not enough as Tulsa slipped past the host Knights, 55-50, at the UCF Arena
? Trailing by three points with 30 seconds to play, UCF had a chance to tie the game, but turned the ball over

That 70's Show
? The game at East Carolina will mark UCF's 70th Conference USA game since joining the league in 2005
? The Knights are 36-33 in C-USA contests

Road Trippin
? The game in Greenville will serve as the third of four-straight mid-week road games for the Knights
? Since Conference USA play began, UCF has played just one mid-week home contest (Jan. 13 vs. Marshall)
? UCF will not have another midweek game at the UCF Arena until Feb. 16, when the Knights host Houston on a Tuesday
? The team has only played back-to-back home games once in league action this year

Tar Heel State Tour
? The visit to Greenville will mark the 16th-straight year that the Knights have played a game in North Carolina
? In each of the last four campaigns, UCF has faced host East Carolina
? Since 1994-95, UCF is 14-6 in the state
? The Knights have won nine of their last 11 contests in North Carolina

Three the Hard Way
? Keith Clanton has led the Knights in scoring in three-consecutive games, averaging 15.7 points
? The forward began the stretch on Jan. 23 with a career-best 19 points versus UTEP, and then scored 11 points at SMU last Wednesday
? Against Tulsa on Saturday, he led all players with 17 points
? Clanton's stretch marks the only time this year that one player has led UCF in points in three-straight outings
? Last season, Jermaine Taylor had a run of 25-consecutive games where he paced the squad in scoring

Fab Freshmen
? A freshman has paced UCF in scoring in six of the squad's seven Conference USA contests this year
? Keith Clanton has led the team in points on four occasions, with Marcus Jordan leading in the other two games
? On the year, a rookie has led UCF in points nine times

Hometown Hero
? Keith Clanton arrived at UCF as the most heralded recruit in program history and the Orlando native has been solid for the Knights all year
? He has especially picked up his play since Conference USA action began in January
? The former Orlando Christian Prep star is averaging a team-high 11.6 points against league foes
? During the non-conference portion of UCF's schedule, Clanton averaged 8.8 points
? Clanton ranks third among all C-USA freshmen in scoring in league contests, trailing Tamir Jackson of Rice (13.7) and Hassan Whiteside of Marshall (13.1)

Swat Team
? Keith Clanton paces the Knights with 35 blocks, and needs just four to enter the top 10 on UCF's single-season swats list
? The rookie is averaging 1.7 blocks per contest, good for fifth in Conference USA
? A year ago, guard Jermaine Taylor paced the Knights with 24 blocked shots in 31 games
? Chuck Roberts (1993-94) and Dean Rossin (1978-80) are currently 10th on the school's single-season blocks list with 39 swats

Man of Steal
? A.J. Rompza has been racking up the steals as a sophomore
? The point guard ranks fifth nationally in steals per game at 2.9
? On Saturday, he recorded four steals against Tulsa
? Rompza totaled 46 steals in 29 games last year, and already has 60 this season
? He needs just four steals to enter the top-10 on the UCF single-season chart
? Cory Perry (1999-00) and Sinua Phillips (1990-91) currently occupy the 10th spot with 64 steals

On the Road Again
? Unlike most freshmen, Marcus Jordan has excelled on the road, where he is averaging 11.4 points
? In Orlando, Jordan is averaging just 5.1 points
? In road contests he is shooting 59.6 percent overall, and 53.8 percent from 3-point range
? Four of Jordan's six double-figure scoring performances have come on the road

The Dish
? Marcus Jordan dished out a team-high five assists versus Tulsa Saturday
? The five assists were a season-best for the freshman, who has led the Knights in assists in two-straight games

Welcome Back
? When Taylor Young started against Tulsa on Saturday, it marked the first start of the season for the junior
? Young is no stranger to the starting lineup though, as the start was the 29th of his career
? He started 27 contests last season, and averaged 3.3 points and 3.4 assists
? This year, the Orlando native is averaging 5.6 points