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Clanton leads UCF win 71-53

December 30, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ORLANDO (AP) - Keith Clanton scored 21 points and Marcus Jordan added 15 to lift No. 19 Central Florida to a 71-53 win over Furman Wednesday night in the first game of the UCF Holiday Classic.

Jordan, son of former NBA star Michael Jordan, also had five assists despite playing with an injured ankle to help UCF (12-0) remain unbeaten. Isaiah Sykes added 12 points for UCF, which meets the winner of the Princeton-Northeastern game in the championship Thursday night.

Arnu Saaka was the only Furman player to reach double figures, scoring 17 points for the Paladins (8-3).

Clanton and Jordan were a sterling inside-outside combination in the first half when UCF hit 54.8 percent (17 of 31) from the field. Clanton hit six of his first seven shots, most of them driving layups past Palladin center Colin Reddick.

Jordan, who didn't start for the second straight game because of his sore ankle, hit 5-of-6 jumpers, including two three-pointers. He also handed out four assists as UCF built a 39-27 halftime advantage.

The Knights never let Furman get closer than 12 points in the second half.



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