Central Florida defeats Miami 63-58
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)
Kasey Wilson converted one of two free throws with 36 seconds left for a 61-58 lead and gave the Knights additional cushion with a fast break dunk with 22 seconds left. Wilson finished with 16 points for the Knights (3-1).
Miami (3-2) had a chance to tie it with 39 seconds remaining but Donnavan Kirk missed two free throw attempts.
Garrius Adams scored 20 points to lead the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes scored seven unanswered late in the second half and cut a nine-point deficit. James Kelly's put-back basket with 3:45 remaining capped the spurt and got the Hurricanes to within, 54-52.
Wilson's running jumper with 2:49 ended a scoreless drought of 3:21 for the Knights and increased their lead to 56-52. Newell's layup with 2:25 left gave Central Florida a 58-52 advantage.
Central Florida fought off an earlier Miami comeback in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Wilson's dunk with 6:09 remaining put the Knights ahead, 54-45.
Tristan Spurlock finished with a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Knights. Isaiah Sykes scored 11 points and had three assists to move into 10th on the school's all-time list with 247.
The Hurricanes rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the second half as they outscored the Knights, 16-6, during a 5:29 stretch. Adams' free throw with 12:16 remaining got Miami within 42-39.
Davon Reed scored 17 points and Brown finished with 11 points for the Hurricanes.
The Knights increased a seven-point halftime lead into double figures after Newell's layup 1:51 into the second half for a 34-23 advantage.
Spurlock's 3-pointer with 4:33 remaining gave the Knights their biggest lead of the first half at 26-19.
Central Florida matched the seven-point advantage again on Wilson's layup with 47 seconds remaining for a 28-21 lead at halftime.