Minnesota 74, UCF 63
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Dan Coleman and Spencer Tollackson had double-doubles to lead Minnesota past Central Florida 74-63 on Tuesday.
Coleman scored a career-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds for his first career double-digit effort in each category. Tollackson had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double.
Jamal Abu-Shamala and Lawrence McKenzie scored nine points each for Minnesota (5-7), which won for just the third time in 10 games.
Jermaine Taylor led the Golden Knights (6-1) with 22 points off the bench. Dave Noel had 15 points for Central Florida, which averaged 84 points per game in its previous outings.
In rebounding, Minnesota had a 42-30 edge against UCF, after being beaten 43-16 on the boards in Saturday’s loss to Arkansas-Little Rock.
The Gophers came out more aggressive on the glass against the Golden Knights — just 30 seconds into the game, Tollackson beat two UCF players on two of his own misses to start a 3-point play. Minnesota had eight rebounds in less than four minutes, 17 rebounds at the 7:19 mark, and 25 boards in the first half— nine of them offensive.
Minnesota led 36-21 at the half. A pair of free throws by Taylor, the Golden Knights leading scorer in five of seven games, got UCF within 10 early in the second half, but a 3-pointer from Abu-Shamala and a jumper by Coleman gave Minnesota a 43-28 lead.
UCF got within 54-46 on a 3-pointer by Josh Peppers with 7:02 to play, but Minnesota responded with a 9-0 run—including seven points by Coleman—to put the game away.