UCF 79, Houston 75
Houston sprinted out of the gates, taking a 9-0 lead to begin the game sparked by Leon Gibson who scored the Cougars' first seven points. The Cougars were up 14-3 before UCF (12-5, 2-1 C-USA) answered back with a 20-7 run to tie it at 23 with 7:41 remaining in the half.
Sykes hit a pair of free throws for UCF with 1:27 to go in the game to tie it at 72. Neither team would score the rest of the half.
Five players were in double figures for Houston (12-4, 1-2). Danuel House had 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.