Tulsa 66, Cent. Florida 64, OT
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Calvin Walls tipped in a missed shot by Brett McDade with 24 seconds left and Central Florida’s Jermaine Taylor missed a floater with three seconds to go as Tulsa edged the Knights 66-64 in overtime on Saturday.
McDade led Tulsa (17-10, 7-7 Conference USA) with 15 points and had given the Golden Hurricane a 63-59 lead early in overtime with a 17-foot jumper. UCF (20-8, 9-5) came back to forge a 64-64 tie on two free throws by Mike O’Donnell with 1:24 to play.
Walls had 10 points and eight rebounds for Tulsa, which held UCF to its worst shooting outing of the season at 34.6 percent. The Knights are second in Conference USA with a field goal percentage of 45.3 but were outshot by the Hurricane, which made 44.7 percent (21-47).
Tulsa had the final shot to win it in regulation, but guard McDade missed a 12-foot jumper with two seconds to play after dribbling the clock down from 21 seconds. Ben Uzoh had given TU the chance with a steal from Chip Cartwright with 35 seconds to play.
UCF’s Josh Peppers gave the Knights a 59-57 lead with a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left. TU’s Jamel McLean scored inside and was fouled, but missed the free throw.
Lavell Payne had 14 points and eight rebounds for UCF. O’Donnell scored 14 points and Peppers added 12.
UCF had a 39-36 rebound advantage.
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