Orlando, Fla. (November 3, 2007) – Division I University of Central Florida escaped with a hard-earned 86-78 men’s basketball exhibition victory over Saint Leo University Saturday morning. The game was the first ever played in the UCF 10,000-seat arena.
Trailing by 81-73 with 1:57 left in regulation, Saint Leo junior guard Dusty Driggs (Sharpsville, Ind.) drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to five points, but the Knights put the game on ice with 45 seconds showing on the clock when guard Mike O’Donnell hit a 3-pointer.
Sophomore center Jordan Prais (Lakeland, Fla.), junior forward Kyle Rowland (North Port, Fla.), Driggs and sophomore point guard Quentin Cullop (Winter Haven, Fla.) were the offensive leaders for the Lions.
Prais led all scorers with 30 points in 32 minutes of action. He had two rebounds, a pair of steals and one blocked shot. Prais was 18-of-19 from the free throw line and six-of-13 from the floor.
Rowland poured in 19 points, had four rebounds, two steals and to assists in 32 minutes of playing time. Rowland was seven-of-13 from the floor, one-of-five from beyond the 3-point line and four-of-five from the charity stripe.
Driggs was six-of-nine from beyond the arch for 18 points in 33 minutes of action. He added two rebounds and a like number of assists. Cullop added seven points, a team high nine assists and a team high nine rebounds.
Saint Leo finished the day making 23-of-26 from the free throw line for an 88 percent figure. The Lions made 47 percent of their field goal attempts (23-of-49) and 43 percent of their 3-pointers (nine-of-21).
Central Florida shot .450 from the floor (28-of-62), .380 from beyond the 3-point line (12-of-31) and .900 from the free throw line (18-of-20). The Knights were led by O’Donnell with 22 points and fellow guard Jermaine Taylor with 28 points.
Central Florida left the floor at intermission with a 45-42 lead. Saint Leo’s biggest lead of the game was by three points and UCF’s was 12 points. Both came in the first half.