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D steps up to keep Knights perfect

ORLANDO — Marcus Jordan had 26 points and five assists, and No. 19 Central Florida remained unbeaten with a 65-58 win over Marshall on Wednesday night.

Jordan, son of former NBA star Michael Jordan, had 18 points in the second half when UCF took control with a 10-0 run.

"Marshall played terrific," UCF coach Donnie Jones said of his former team. "I thought it was a typical, rivalry grind-out basketball game here. It just kind of went our way down the stretch."

Keith Clanton added 14 points and Isaac Sosa 13 for the Knights (14-0, 1-0 Conference USA).

Shaquille Johnson led Marshall with 15 points, and Tirrell Baines added 14.

Clanton started and finished the 10-0 run with layups. Jordan also had a three-point play and Sosa made a 3-pointer as UCF erased a four-point deficit and took a 52-46 lead with 5:01 left.

"We were able to get stops," Jones said. "Our defense won for us. … That's a team that's averaging 75 points a game and we held them to 58 tonight. I thought we did a good job."

Jordan took over during the final 12 minutes, driving and consistently scoring after contact.

"I just wanted to be aggressive," he said after taking 17 shots. "I wanted to get into space and either create a shot for myself or my teammates."

NO. 1 DUKE 85, UAB 64: Nolan Smith had a career-high 33 points, and Kyle Singler scored the 2,000th of his career during a game-opening 26-4 run by the host Blue Devils (14-0).

NO. 3 KANSAS 99, UMKC 52: Josh Selby had 16 points to lead six players in double figures for the Jayhawks (14-0), who extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 68 games.

NO. 6 SAN DIEGO ST. 66, TCU 53: Malcolm Thomas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and 11 rebounds and the duo keyed a game-turning second-half run for the visiting Aztecs (16-0) in their Mountain West opener.

NO. 9 MISSOURI 98, N. ALABAMA 58: Kim English had a season-high 20 points while playing only the first half as the host Tigers (14-1) routed the Division II Lions.

NO. 11 PURDUE 83, PENN ST. 68: JaJuan Johnson had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and the visiting Boilermakers (14-1, 3-0) clamped down on Big Ten leading scorer Talor Battle to win their ninth straight game.

NO. 15 BYU 89, NO. 25 UNLV 77: Jimmer Fredette had a season-high 39 points as the visiting Cougars (15-1) pulled away from the Runnin' Rebels (12-3) in a Mountain West opener.

TENN. 104, NO. 21 MEMPHIS 84: Tobias Harris had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Vols got their third win over a ranked team this season with a rout of the Tigers (11-3).

NO. 23 WASHINGTON: Sophomore starting guard Abdul Gaddy is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

State

TAMPA 77, ECKERD 70: Anthony Griffis had 24 points for the visiting Spartans (13-0, 3-0 Sunshine State), who are one win shy of the team-record start set in 1991-92. Tampa next plays at Lynn at 2:30 Saturday. John Harper led the Tritons (11-2, 2-1) with 15 points.

FLA. SOUTHERN 84, SAINT LEO 74: Brandon Jenkins had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Moccasins past the Lions (9-3, 1-2 SSC).

D steps up to keep Knights perfect 01/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:23am]

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