Wednesday night, the Knights fell to Jacksonville University 61-51 in the UCF Holiday Classic, shooting at just 33.3 percent and missing 10 total free throws.
Kirk Speraw was frustrated by what seemed to be a "lack of toughness" exhibited by the team.
"When you're shooting 25 percent, and you can't throw it in the ocean, and and you have 17 turnovers, you just don't get anything positive for yourself, and it bothers your psyche," Speraw said.
However, during the game, UCF managed to get back from a 15-point deficit and take a 44-42 lead with 6:37 left to play, thanks to a key play from Marcus Jordan to P.J. Gaynor for a dunk.
The Knights even seemed on their way to a win when Isaac Sosa nailed a baseline jump shot with only 2:34 left to play, putting the Knights up 50-49.
Jacksonville managed to take control again, though, getting consecutive three-pointers and stopping the Knights on defense. The black and gold were only able to answer with one point.
Up next for UCF is No. 16 Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Conference Play begins Jan. 9 at home vs. Rice.