UCF ends three-game losing streak with win over Detroit


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

Staphon Blair is one of three seniors on the Knights’ roster and will be looked to help Tacko Fall develop under UCF’s system.

The UCF Knights returned to the win column on Wednesday night at CFE Arena by picking up the 75-70 win over the Detroit Titans in front of an announced crowd of 3,428. Adonys Henriquez’s 21 points helped lead the Knights to their sixth victory of the season.

The Knights entered the game having lost their last three games in a row, including losses to Florida State, Illinois-Chicago and FAU.

“We’ve been practicing hard and we’ve been going at it watching film so this win feels good,” Henriquez said on snapping the team’s three-game losing streak. “Most teams when they start losing a couple games they start going away; everybody’s trying to do their own thing. We talked, we came closer, we fixed the problem and we addressed issues.”

The Knights trailed by as many as five points midway through the first half but went on a 13-0 run to take the lead for good. UCF was paced by Henriquez’s 10 points in the first half while B.J. Taylor contributed nine points and Staphon Blair added seven points on his way to a career-high 14 points.

Henriquez scored 11 of his 21 points in the second half while Taylor added nine of his 18 total points in the final half to hold off the Titans for good. The two combined to hit eight out of the Knights’ nine total three-point shots in the game.

“Those guys can shoot the ball like that and we were just happy to be able to get Adonys shots; we’ve been trying to get him shots,” Knights head coach Donnie Jones said. “Brandon Goodwin has really bought into his role of really just trying to find those guys shots and making the extra pass so that gives those guys the opportunity to get out and be able to score a little bit better.”

The Titans managed to cut into the Knights’ second-half lead to bring the game within three points with 29 seconds to go. The Titans sent several Knights players to the line in the last minute in an attempt to take the lead, but UCF held on to win the game.

The Knights to return to action on Monday to face Southeastern Louisiana at CFE Arena. Tip-off for the game is at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.