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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Keith Clanton has struggled with consistency, along with his team, which fell to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles Feb. 20. They won two straight games last week.
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 10 years ago

Knights down, Tars rebound

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UCF's only conference win streak snapped; Rollins wins fouth straight nearing conference playoffs
by: Isaac Babcock Managing Editor

A brief flirtation with a winning streak ended quickly for the Knights on Saturday night, as they fell to Southern Miss 68-58. The loss ended the Knights only conference-winning streak of the year at 2 games.

The Knights (13-13, 5-7) were actually ahead in the game at the half, with a substantial 31-22 lead. But they collapsed in the second half, as the Golden Eagles (16-10, 6-6) blew through their defense with 46 points while the Knights languished behind, picking up 27.

In the first half of the game, the Knights hit 63.2 percent of their shots, including 57.1 percent of their 3-pointers. But in the second half, they fell apart, hitting only 1 of 7 from outside the arc.

Despite a lackluster second half, the Knights shot better than they have since starting conference play, at 52.9 percent. But that didn't help them outgun the Golden Eagles, who had more shot opportunities and capitalized on better rebounding to seal the win.

Isaac Sosa returned to his role as the Knights' top gun, coming off the bench to shoot 14 points in 26 minutes on the floor. Two of his teammates trailed close behind, with A.J. Tyler picking up 13 points and 5 rebounds, and Marcus Jordan hitting 12 points and picking up 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Despite playing nearly the full game, A.J. Rompza only picked up 2 points, but added 4 assists.

Wednesday night at press time they faced UAB at home. Saturday night they travel to Marshall.

Rollins Tars

The Rollins mens basketball team (21-4, 12-2) is streaking again with four straight wins. Their most recent came on a 70-64 spread over St. Leo on Saturday night. They held onto their No. 18 ranking with the win, near the highest they've been all season.

Five Tars shot in the double digits in the win, with Ryan Ferranti leading the way with 14 points. Nick Wolf picked up 11 points and 12 rebounds in yet another double-double performance.

At 4 p.m. Saturday they host Eckerd College to close out the regular season.

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