Herd gets past UCF
ORLANDO, Fla. — Hassan Whiteside had a triple-double — 14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots — and Chris Lutz scored 21 points as Marshall overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Central Florida 81-75 on Wednesday night.
The victory was the fifth straight for Marshall (14-2, 3-0 Conference USA), which led 76-65 before an 8-0 Knights run cut the deficit to 76-73 on a three-point play by Marcus Jordan with 38 seconds left. The Thundering Herd connected on 5 of 6 free throws in the final 29 seconds to preserve the victory.
Whiteside, who leads the nation in blocked shots, achieved only the second triple-double in Marshall history. He also has the other, against Brescia University on Dec. 16.
A 12-2 Thundering Herd run early in the second half erased a 10-point UCF lead. Three consecutive 3-pointers by Lutz gave Marshall a 66-59 lead with 6:29 remaining.
Tyler Wilkerson and Shaquille Johnson scored 14 points each for Marshall, while Dago Pena added 12 points.
Jordan, Michael Jordan’s son, led UCF (9-7, 1-1) with a career-high 19 points. A.J. Rompza finished with 12 points and A.J. Tyler added 11.
Isaac Sosa’s 3-pointer with 7:12 remaining in the first half gave UCF a 29-19 advantage. Marshall, however, went on an 8-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Pena, to trim the Knights’ advantage to two.
UCF took its largest lead of the first half, 44-32, on a 3-pointer by Jordan with 41 seconds left. The Knights, who hit seven 3-pointers and shot 58 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, led 44-35 at halftime.