Scores

Final

UCF 74

(20-10, 9-6 C-USA)

UAB 70

(15-15, 7-8 C-USA)

    7:00 PM ET, March 6, 2013

    Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

    1 2 T
    UCF 35 3974
    UAB 36 3470

    Top Performers

    UCF: I. Sykes 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast

    UAB: R. Rucker 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    UCF 74, UAB 70

    Associated Press

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Isaiah Sykes scored 21 points, posted a double-double and hit two late, key free throws as Central Florida held off Alabama-Birmingham 74-70 Wednesday night in Conference USA action.

    The Knights (20-10, 9-6), who beat UAB 64-48 on Jan. 9, faced a tougher foe this time. The Blazers (15-15, 7-8) led by 13 points before leading 36-35 at halftime.

    Central Florida led 62-49 midway through the second half on a layup by Kasey Wilson (15 points). But UAB rallied behind Fahro Alihodzic (15 points), Rod Rucker (16) and Jordan Swing (10).

    With 2:20 remaining, Alihodzic made the first of two free throws to cut Central Florida's lead to 69-68. Keith Clanton's layup made it 71-68 at the 1:42 mark. After Sykes' two foul shots at 0:17, UCF held on. Sykes finished with 11 rebounds.

    Calvin Newell was vital for UCF with 18 points, and Wilson hit four 3-pointers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UCF
    UAB
    Points 74 70
    FG Made-Attempted 22-49 (.449) 25-65 (.385)
    3P Made-Attempted 13-28 (.464) 6-22 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-26 (.654) 14-16 (.875)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 9

    2012-13 Season

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