Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:
54 -
Team 1 2
RI 25 29
UCF 31 34
65
10-3

UCF beats Rhode Island 65-54 for tournament title

AP - Sports

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Isaiah Sykes scored 14 points as Central Florida held off Rhode Island for a 65-54 victory on Friday night.

The visiting Rams (2-12) closed to 57-51 on a Billy Baron 3-pointer with 4:01 remaining, but couldn't capitalize on three opportunities to make it a one-possession game.

Keith Clanton (13 points) drained a 3-pointer and Sykes scored five straight points to help the Knights (10-3) pull away for the UCF Holiday Classic title.

Marcus Jordan added 12 points for UCF, which won its 19th straight non-league home game.

UCF pulled away from a 20-all tie in the first half for a 29-22 lead on Josh Crittle's layup with 1:10 remaining. The Knights led 31-25 at halftime behind nine points from Tristan Sperlock and five each from Clanton and Sykes.

Mike Powell had 21 points for Rhode Island.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football
View Comments (0)