The UCF Knights won 77-70 over the Houston Cougars last night at the CFE Arena in an American Athletic Conference (AAC) battle. The Knights were up as many as 12 points during the second half after leading 34-29 at halftime. Houston fought back and got within three points in the final two minutes. UCF hit key free throws and the defense buckled down as the Knights improved to (13-4) overall and (4-1) in AAC play.
“The steal at the end. That was big time by B.J.,” said junior A.J. Davis. “I think down the stretch B.J. was great defensively. We did a great job all night, but they hit some tough shots. We stuck to our game plan and we were solid defensively the whole night.”
UCF has struggled as of late on offense but this win may prove to be a turning point for the team. The Knights shot season-best 56.8 percent from the floor as BJ Taylor led the way with 20 points. AJ Davis and Tank Efianayi each added 15 points and Tacko Fall continued to rebound the ball grabbing 7 along with 11 points. Fall had been held scoreless the past two games but bounced back against the Cougars when needed.
The Knights will host the USF Bulls on Tuesday night at 7p.m. to continue the War on I-4 series. The game will broadcast on ESPNNews as UCF looks for its 14th win of the year, something that hasn’t happened since the 2012-2013 season.