TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Matt Williams had 20 points and set UCF’s career and single-season records for made 3-pointers, B.J. Taylor scored 17, including four 3s, and the Knights beat South Florida 59-56 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win.
Williams hit three 3s to give him 104 this season and 252 in his career – one more than each of the previous program marks – and became the 18th UCF (20-10, 11-7 American Athletic Conference) player to crack the 1,000-point plateau (1,018). Tacko Fall blocked four shots to give him 77 this season to break John Friday’s 30-year-old, single-season school record (74).
Michael Bibby, son of the 17-year NBA veteran Mike Bibby, hit a 3 to give USF (7-21, 1-16) a 5-4 lead and the Bulls led until back-to-back 3-pointers by Williams and Taylor put UCF up 57-56 with 1:30 to play. The teams combined to miss their next four shots before A.J. Davis hit two free throws to cap the scoring with five seconds left and Bibby missed a potential tying 3 at the buzzer.