Isaiah Sykes chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds, and Kasey Wilson contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for Central Florida (9-3).
Ian Clark scored 21 points for Belmont (9-4), and Kerron Johnson added 18 points and eight rebounds. Trevor Noack had 12 points and six rebounds.
The Knights led 33-21 at the half and 56-45 on Keith Clanton’s layup with 4:42 to go, but the Bruins chipped away. They pulled to 63-61 on Noack’s 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, but Calvin Newell, Clanton and Sykes each made 1 of 2 free throws to preserve the win.