The spotlight shone on UCF seniors Kasey Wilson and Myles Davis during Senior Day at the CFE Arena, but it was East Carolina that stole the show.
UCF controlled the pace as it played with the lead for most of the game, but the final 1:06 proved devastating for the Knights (12-16). East Carolina (13-16) ended on a 7-2 run to take the game, 71-66, before an announced crowd of 3,740.
Wilson and Davis were honored before the contest began and, fittingly, got the starting nod for their final contest on the CFE hardwood.
"I want to make sure we give those guys credit for what they've done for our school and done for our program," said head coach Donnie Jones. "I just want to thank Kasey Wilson and Myles. They've been huge for our program."
For Davis, it was the first start of his one-year career as a Knight. For Wilson, however, it capped a four-year chapter of the former Sarasota Herald-Tribune High School Player of the Year's life.
Wilson, who won his final tip-off, made his last bucket and recorded his last rebound on home court, finished with seven points, five boards and two steals in the final 26 minutes his feet grazed on the CFE hardwood in a UCF uniform during the game.
"I just want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last four years here, and I greatly appreciate it," Wilson said.
Davis, who saw just the first two minutes of the game and 66 in his career as a walk-on, mostly used his voice and leadership to help his teammates during his career.
"It was good for him to hear his name to come out of the tunnel, and honor his parents," Jones said. "[Davis] deserves that opportunity on this special day.
"This will be a special moment for him in his life, to look back. And that's what you do, you bring kids here to UCF and you want them to make their dreams come true."
Things started to sink in for the seniors after the final buzzer rang and the trot to the locker room commenced.
"Everybody was thanking me, but it was really about me thanking them," Wilson said. "It was special to have so many people that I don't know come up to me and say thank you to me. That really means a lot to me."
UCF will close its season in a rivalry game at USF at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4.
Jarrod Heil is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Find him on Twitter@JHeil11.