UCF 69, SMU 53

Three players scored in double figures for UCF as the Knights

defeated SMU 69-53 in the first round of the Conference USA

tournament Wednesday night.

Taylor Young scored 15 points, Isaac Sosa 14 and A. J. Tyler 12

for ninth-seeded UCF (15-16), which will play No. 25 UTEP, the

tournament’s top seed, in the quarterfinals Thursday night.

The Knights were 5-for-12 from 3-point range in the first half

in taking a 32-30 lead. The eighth-seeded Mustangs (14-17) led

18-11 early, but UCF went on a 17-4 run and continued the momentum

in the second half.

Keith Clanton scored off his own rebound while getting fouled on

the play, and hit a free throw for a three-point play for a 46-36

lead.

Marcus Jordan, the son of NBA great Michael Jordan, made it

65-50 with a three-point play.

Derek Williams led SMU with 15 points.