It was Jordan versus Sampson tonight in Orlando, Florida. You might ask what decade we are talking about, but basketball legends Ralph Sampson, Jr. and Michael Jordan each had a son square off against each other in Conference USA basketball action. ECU freshman Robert Sampson‘s squad got the best of sophomore Marcus Jordan‘s University of Central Florida team with a 74-62 win on the road.
The ECU Pirates (10-8, 2-2) picked up a crucial road conference victory to get them one game back in C-USA in the young season. The Pirates were once again led by the balanced play of senior guard Jontae Sherrod who scored a game-high 21 points and had nine boards, four assists and two steals.
It was a teammate of Sherrod’s who stole the show early, however. In a homecoming of sorts sophomore guard Erin Straughn was making the UCF Knights pay for the long distance he was dialing up. The Pensacola, Florida native hit a trio of three-pointers in the beginning of the game to contribute to the Bucs quick start. In all, ECU hit their first six three-point attempts and converted 10-of-17 for the game. Straughn ended the game with four three-pointers to account for all 12 of his points while tallying five rebounds and a single steal. Forward Darrius Morrow and point guard Brock Young also pitched in with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
As for Jordan and Sampson, each contributed to their respective teams. Jordan had 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting in 32 minutes of game play. He also had four assists and three turnovers. In limited action, Sampson hit 2-of-3 shot attempts for four points in 17 minutes of play. The 6’8″ forward grabbed six rebounds as well.
The Knights were anchored by the performance of junior guard Isaac Sosa who came off of the bench. His 16 points led the Knights in scoring. Sosa’s two steals were also a team-high tied with guards Taylor Young and A.J. Rompza. UCF also got a monster game from sophomore forward Keith Clanton. He had 12 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and three assists.
Central Florida suffered its first home loss of the season along with its third straight overall after being ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls as recently as last week. All three losses were to C-USA teams.
The East Carolina Pirates next play Saturday, January 22 in Huntington, West Virginia at the Henderson Center against the Marshall Thundering Herd (13-5, 1-2) who are coming off a big win against West Virginia University.