Knights Crush McGill to Conclude Canada Trip

Aug. 13, 2011

Final Stats

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By Doug Richards

MONTREAL, Quebec (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's basketball team concluded its exhibition tour of Canada by easing to an 100-58 victory at McGill Saturday at Love Competition Hall. The Knights were led by Keith Clanton (Orlando, Fla.), Dwight McCombs (Chicago, Ill.) and P.J. Gaynor (Jacksonville, Fla.), who all scored 16 points.

UCF shot 54.5 percent from the field for the game and forced 22 Redmen turnovers.

The Knights never trailed during the contest and led 53-22 at the break after shooting 55.9 percent in the opening stanza. The Redmen shot just 26.7 percent from the floor in the first half. UCF's full-court press was effective throughout the game, especially in the opening stanza when it helped force 14 McGill turnovers. The Knights scored 18 points in the first half off of those turnovers.

"We wanted to be able to work on our press up here and I was pleased with the effort we gave defensively," UCF head coach Donnie Jones said. "Our guys played hard the whole trip and hopefully this will give us an edge once the season starts in October."

Five Knights finished with double figures in scoring as Isaiah Sykes (Detroit, Mich.) totaled 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and Rod Days (Miami Gardens, Fla.) added 13 points.

The contest against the Redmen was the third game in four days for the Knights. UCF went 3-0 in Canada, having also picked up victories over Carleton University, which has won seven of the last nine Canadian national championships, and a team of pro players.

The teams used FIBA rules Saturday for the game, which featured four 10-minute quarters.

UCF finished with a 41-27 advantage on the glass, and recorded 14 steals at McGill. Days, Gaynor, Sykes, Kasey Wilson (North Port, Fla.) and Josh Crittle (Bellwood, Ill.) started for the Knights.