Young Knights Demolished By FAU

 

By Andrew Phegley (Orlando, FL 12/13/14)

     The young UCF Knights lead by true freshman B.J. Taylor, came out fighting hard in the first half and lead the game 26-25 at the half. The second half started without a score for The Knights until the 6:29 mark. FAU never looked back and held on to win the game 54-41. The knights only shot 26% in the game with FAU only better at 35%. Taylor with 11 points in the first half and only 6 in the second is a young man that has a huge task to lead a team as young and problematic as The Knights.

      The Knights coming off there first road trip of the season with losses at FSU, UIC and now FAU at home have a huge hill to climb with conference play starting in two weeks time.

      UCF has one of toughest conferences in division one basketball, with the defending national champions Connecticut, Memphis, Cincinnati and coach Larry Brown's SMU. With second half meltdowns we have seen from this team, it will not be an easy season to watch without mountains of progress.

      The Knights are a young talented team that need the guidance of head coach Donnie Jones more than ever. Coach Jones said in the post game press conference: I'm not going to sit here and make excuses. We lost. It doesn't matter. We had to play. We have young guys and obviously young guys have got to grow up. We don't have a lot of depth. We tried to play some guys, but we couldn't get in rhythm tonight, in sync. I felt we still don't know how to handle it when it doesn't go our way. That's our youth. We don't have a true leader yet. There are some young guys who are trying to learn to do that. That's my job to continue to coach them. They've got to go through it. Unfortunately tonight it's a tough one, when you're having a hard time getting it going.”

      B.J. Taylor added: "We have to go right back to work. Right back to work tomorrow. Get into practice. Can't keep dwelling on the negative, got to remain positive and keep working, keep grinding every day. It's not going to get easier just pouting, sitting around crying about it. We've got to get back in practice, work harder and get ready for the next game." "I'm trying to be a leader on the team. We have to have 15 leaders though. Everybody has to be dedicated. Everybody has to be committed. If we don't have guys committed, then we won't succeed. Everybody has to be a leader themselves."

     The young team has a chance to right the ship Wednesday night at the CFE arena against Detroit. The game tips off at 7:30 and can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on AM 740 The Game.