Unbeaten Knights to Host Princeton for Tournament Title

Dec. 30, 2010

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By Doug Richards

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The No. 19/21 UCF men's basketball team will face a tough challenge Thursday when the unbeaten Knights host Princeton at 7:30 p.m. for the UCF Holiday Classic presented by EA Sports championship at the UCF Arena. At 12-0, the Knights are one of only 12 unbeaten teams in the nation.

Princeton (10-3) has won eight-consecutive games. The Tigers got past Northeastern, 65-63, last night to advance to the title game. During their winning streak, the Tigers have defeated Conference USA program Tulsa and Saint Joseph's of the Atlantic 10. Princeton opened the campaign with a win over BIG EAST team Rutgers.

The Knights got 21 points and nine boards from Keith Clanton Wednesday in a 71-53 victory over Furman. Clanton is averaging 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds.

UCF has not lost under new head coach Donnie Jones. The team is 8-0 at the UCF Arena. The game against Princeton will serve as the squad's final non-league game. On Wednesday, 7,111 fans, the fifth-largest crowd in school history, were on hand to watch the Knights host the Paladins.

Tickets for the Thursday's game are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or at UCFAthletics.com. The UCF Arena box office will be open prior to the games Thursday. UCF students are admitted free to all home games with a valid school ID.

With UCF's league slate quickly approaching, a special UCF-Conference USA ticket pack is now available. The pack allows fans to grab a lower level ticket to watch the Knights play their eight C-USA home games for only $96, offering a $24 savings over single-game prices. Packages are also available for $80 for upper level seating. To order the pack today, visit UCFAthletics.com or call (407) UCF-1000.

UCF-Princeton will air on the UCF Sports Network and its flagship station, 740 The Game in Orlando. Scott Adams will have the call, and will be joined by Mike O'Donnell. Live video and statistics will be available at UCFAthletics.com.

Furman and Northeastern will begin the action Thursday with the consolation game at 5 p.m.