Second times a charm for UCF, Knights dominate Valpo at home


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

UCF’s Matt Williams (No.12) had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists off the bench in the Knights win over Valpo.

ORLANDO — Revenge is always sweet in sports, but it’s even sweeter when it comes in front of your home fans.

Tristan Spurlock had 22 points, while helping the UCF Knights get a 90-62 victory over the Valparaiso University Crusaders on Sunday at the CFE Arena.

Spurlock had one of his better shooting performances of the season, going 7-8 from the floor, while shooting 4-5 from behind the 3-point line.

“My teammates, they do a good job of giving me confidence, just telling me to shoot, keep shooting.” said Spurlock when talking about his 88% shooting night. “Even when I miss they say ‘just keep shooting.’”

The game against Valparaiso was a rematch of a game the Knights lost back in November by a score of 85-70.

The game started with Valparaiso taking two technical foul shots before tip-off, giving the Crusaders a 2-0 lead before the game started, but then Kasey Wilson hit a 3-pointer for the Knights, erasing Valpo’s early lead.

Isaiah Sykes sat for much of the first half due to early foul trouble. Sykes was subbed out with 13:15 remaining in the opening half, with the Knights leading Valparaiso 11-10.

Sykes would no come back into the game until the second half. UCF would go on to have a 32-10 run during the time Sykes was on the bench, while going into halftime leading Valparaiso 43-20.

The Crusaders played much better in the second half, shooting 53.3 from the floor during the final 20 minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough for Valparaiso to overcome the 23-point halftime deficit.

With the  win over Valpo the Knights improve their record to 8-3 as they prepare to start conference play on New Year’s Eve against the defending champion Louisville Cardinals.

UCF will go into their first AAC game riding a five-game winning streak.

Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at CFE Arena for the UCF-Louisville game.