Central Florida routs Jackson State
ORLANDO - Marcus Jordan scored 13 points and Keith Clanton added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Central Florida routed Jackson State 80-39 on Monday night to improve to 2-0 under first-year head coach Donnie Jones. Jones, who left Marshall for Conference USA rival UCF last spring, has implemented an up-tempo, pressure defense style of play that seems to be suiting the Knights well. UCF has beaten West Florida and Jackson State by a combined 95 points. UCF shot 59.6 percent from the floor (28 of 47). Defensively, the Knights held Jackson State (0-2) to 18.8 percent shooting (12 of 64). The 39 points allowed tied UCF's school record for fewest points by an opponent since the Knights joined Conference USA.The game was decided early on when UCF overwhelmed Jackson State on both ends of the floor and built a 29-7 lead. The Tigers were led by Jenirro Bush with 15 points. The Knights pushed the pace and made 12 of their first 16 shots and five of their first six 3-point shots. UCF was even better on the defensive end, swatting five shots and causing Jackson State to miss 19 of its first 25 shots. The Knights led 47-16 at the half because of the perimeter playmaking of Jordan and the post play of Clanton. Jordan, the son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, made five 3-pointers in last Friday's season-opening win against West Florida. This time around, he attacked off the dribble. In the first half, Jordan made all four of his shots, the final one when he dribbled behind his back and moved the ball from his left hand to his right in midair as he was fouled. The sophomore shooting guard played sparingly in the second half and had all of his 13 points and three assists in the first half. Clanton, an All-Freshman pick in Conference USA last season along with Jordan, battered Jackson State inside with 10 points and six rebounds in the first half. He made all nine of his shots in the opener last week and his first three shots in Monday's first half. His first miss of the season came on a 3-point shot 3 minutes into the second half. UCF, which had the fourth-best shooting night in school history in the opener (66.7 percent), made 15 of 23 shots (65.2 percent) in Monday's first half. Jackson State made just six of 36 (16.7 percent) and missed eight of its nine 3-point shots. Jackson State's 10th field goal didn't come until the game was 35 minutes old.