UCF Pounds P.R. Mayaguez

ORLANDO – Josh Bodden scored a career high 21 points and was one of five UCF players in double figures as the Golden Knights cruised to a 92-59 win over Puerto Rico Mayaguez in their season opener Saturday evening at UCF Arena.

Bodden paced the Knights in the first half hitting 5-of-8 from the field and went into the intermission with 13 points. UCF shot 54 percent in the opening stanza and went into halftime with a 49-34 advantage. Gary Johnson, who scored 18 points in his UCF debut was perfect on three shots from long range and finished the half with 12 points.

UCF never trailed and stretched its lead to 18 with just over four minutes in the opening period following an alley-oop by freshman Josh Peppers from an assist by Johnson, one of his team high eight. The fast-break opportunity was set up following a steal by Rob Ross Peppers finished the game with 11 points.

Dexter Lyons scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and gave the Knights a 29-point cushion with just under eight minutes remaining after a thunderous alley-oop after hauling in a pass from Peppers. Lyons finished the game a perfect 7-7 from the field.

Marcus Avant rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points.

Bodden led the Knights on the glass as well snaring team-high eight boards. UCF outrebounded P.R. Mayaguez 44-28.

The Knights finished the game hitting 56 percent from the floor and knocked down 11 shots from long range (11-27). UCF also forced the Tarzans into 22 turnovers, while notching 17 steals.

Flor Melendez led Mayaguez with 21 points, which included five treys. Jose Rivera was the only other player to reach double figures finishing with 18, including 6-6 at the free throw line. The Tarzans finished the game shooting 30 percent from the floor and hit seven of 19 three's.

The Golden Knights will hit the road for a pair of games as they travel to Charleston, S.C. to take on the College of Charleston on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and The Citadel on Friday, Nov. 28. Tip off against the Cougars is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game against The Citadel beginning at 7:15.

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