Taylor leads Central Florida to 70-59 win over Penn State

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP)—Jermaine Taylor scored 23 points and Mike O’Donnell had 16, leading Central Florida to a 70-59 victory against Penn State in the seventh-place game of the Old Spice Classic on Sunday.

Geary Claxton scored 22 points and Jamelle Cornley finished with 11 to pace Penn State (2-3), which has three November losses for the first time since 1978.

Central Florida (3-2) outscored Penn State 18-4 from the free-throw line en route to its first victory in seven attempts all-time against Big 10 opponents.

The Nittany Lions built an eight-point lead midway through the first half, but a pair of 3-pointers each by Taylor and O’Donnell helped the Knights take a 32-24 advantage into the break.

Central Florida hit four-of-seven shots from long range in the first half. Penn State made only three-of-17 from behind the arc before the intermission and five-of-31 overall.

UCF extended its lead to 11 points early in the second half, but Claxton scored seven points in a 9-0 run that trimmed the deficit to 37-35. Penn State never drew any closer as UCF pulled away.

The Old Spice Classic was being held at Walt Disney World.

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J. Taylor J. Taylor
6-14,  23 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Penn St.
G. Claxton G. Claxton
9-18,  22 Pts
8 Rebs, 2 Assists

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