UCF vs. College Of Charleston

ORLANDO – The UCF men's basketball team will play its second game of the season on the road as they head to Charleston, S.C. to take on the College of Charleston at John Kresse Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 26 for a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the Cougars.

Charleston (1-1) recently posted its first victory of the season with an 83-66 win over Charleston Southern (11/21), after falling to Auburn (11/17) 66-62 in the season opener. The Cougars return three starters from a squad that finished the 2002-03 season with a 25-8 record and a 13-3 mark in the Southern Conference. Four players are averaging double figures in the early going led by Stanley Jackson's 18.5 points a game. Thomas Mobley, the Cougars leading returning scorer, is next throwing in 11.5 a game, while Tony Mitchell and Marcus Johnson are netting 11 and 10 points respectively. Mitchell is the Cougars long-distance threat as leads the team with six triples on the season. Charleston is led by coach Tom Herrion who enters his second season at the helm.

UCF (1-0) cruised to a 92-59 win over Puerto Rico Mayaguez (11/22) in its season opener, led by a career high 21-point effort from Josh Bodden . The 6-9 senior also got the job done on the glass for the Golden Knights as he snagged a team high eight rebounds. Gary Johnson made his UCF debut hitting for 18 points and recording a team high eight assists. The 6-2 junior also hit on 5 of 6 shots from beyond the arc. UCF head coach Kirk Speraw is 3-9 all-time vs. the Cougars.

The Series: This marks the 15th time that UCF and the College of Charleston have squared off and the first time since 1997-98 that the two teams have met in back-to-back seasons. The Cougars hold a decided 11-3 advantage in the overall series. Despite posting just three wins in the all-time series, the past two wins for the Golden Knights have been very meaningful. In 2002, UCF dropped C of C 82-64 at UCF Arena, a game in which the Cougars entered the contest ranked No. 25 in the country. It was the first time in school history that the Knights defeated a ranked opponent and it also marked the 500th victory in school history. As it turned out, it was the Cougars worst loss of the season. The 82 points were the most given up by the Cougars since November of 1998 after a 84-63 loss to Georgia. The Knights' last road win came back on Feb. 21, 1998. UCF held on for a 70-68 win in overtime to bring to an end Charleston's 33-game home winning streak. It is the only game in the series to go to an extra stanza. There has only been one game in the series in which a team has broken the century mark. The Cougars hit the mark en route to a 103-61 win back on Feb. 1, 1996. It was also the largest margin of victory posted by either team in the series. UCF's largest margin of victory was achieved with its 82-64 win in Orlando in 2002.

Solid Debuts: Juniors Marcus Avant and Gary Johnson each made their first career start for UCF in a 92-59 win over Puerto Rico Mayaguez (11/22). The duo finished with 11 and 18 points respectively. Johnson posted team-highs in assists with eight and three-point shots hitting five in six attempts, while Avant recorded the Knights only block. Josh Peppers, a freshman from Memphis, Tenn. also made his first appearance in the Black and Gold scoring 11 points off the bench.

Career Mark: Senior Josh Bodden got the season off to a rousing start setting a new career high with 21 points against Puerto Rico Mayaguez (11/22). Bodden's previous best came back on January 5, 2002 with a 20-point effort against Campbell. The 6-9 center also set a personal best hitting nine shots from the floor, in fact Bodden hit 9-13 from the floor for a blazing 69 percent. The 13 attempts was also a career high for Bodden.

On The Mark: Senior Dexter Lyons did not miss a shot in the season opener vs. Puerto Rico Mayaguez finishing a perfect 7-7 from the floor. The senior forward finished the game with 17 points, including 15 in the second half. Lyons also posted a new career high with four steals.

On The Air: The game will be broadcast live on the UCF ISP Sports Network on 740-AM with Marc Daniels calling all the action. Daniels will take to the airwaves at 6:30 p.m. with pregame coverage.
 


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