ORLANDO, Fla. – Andrew Nicholson scored 20 points, but Central Florida’s Marcus Jordan had 18 to lead three Knights in double figures as UCF (20-11) earned a 69-54 victory over St. Bonaventure (16-15) in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen.
The Knights used a 12-1 run midway through the second half to take control of what had been a tight game throughout. Leading 48-45 after a technical free throw from St. Bonaventure’s Ogo Adegboye, the Knights rattled off eight unanswered over a 2:41 span that made it 56-45 and put the game out of reach. UCF went the final 4:30 without a field goal and sealed the win with nine straight points from the free throw line.
Adegboye tallied 13 points and six rebounds in a full 40 minutes in his final collegiate game.
A.J. Rompza finished with 13 points and seven assists and reserve 7-footer Tom Herzog added 10 on 5-of-5 from the floor to help UCF advance to a CBI quarterfinal matchup with Rhode Island. The Rams defeated Miami (Ohio) and will take on UCF on Monday.
St. Bonaventure ended the 2010-11 season by earning its first winning season and postseason tournament appearance a 17-13 record and NIT berth in 2001-02.
NOTES: Six teams that played in the 2010 CBI are NCAA tourney teams this year … the game featured nine left handed players …off-setting technicals were given to Adegboye and Jordan following contact and exchanged words after a foul under the Bonnies’ basket … Jordan is the son of hoops legend Michael Jordan … national minutes leader Adegboye played his eighth complete game of the season.