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Posted at 8:44 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Marcus Jordan makes like Mike in Central Florida's upset of Florida

By Cindy Boren

At some point, he's going to cease being known as "Michael Jordan's kid" and establish a basketball identity as "Marcus Jordan."

His performance Thursday night in Central Florida's 57-54 upset of Florida (ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll, 16th by ESPN/USA Today) is going to help.

Jordan scored 18 points (including two free throws that gave UCF a 55-52 lead) and Keith Clanton hit two free throws in the final seconds for UCF, which is 6-0. Jordan was 6 of 11 from the field and played tight defense (wonder where he learned that), helping limit Florida's leading scorers, Kenny Boynton and Chandler Parsons, to 12 points combined.

"We definitely wanted to create something so people start talking about us," Jordan said after the game at Orlando's Amway Center. "We're trying to do something special here at UCF."

He's already the face of UCF hoops as a sophomore. His mom, Juanita Jordan, and sister Jasmine were witnesses at the upset. Older brother, Jeff, also is on the UCF team. Juanita Jordan doesn't do interviews, but, when asked a reporter if Marcus had just had his first marquee moment, replied with a smile:

"You think so?"

By Cindy Boren  | December 2, 2010; 8:44 AM ET
Categories:  College basketball  
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