UCF 53, Bethune-Cookman 51

Isaiah Sykes hit two free throws with 3.5 seconds left, and

Central Florida held off Bethune-Cookman 53-51 on Saturday.

Sykes scored 15 points, including the Knight’s final eight. He

gave UCF (6-2) its first lead since the opening minutes at 49-48

with 3:04 left and a 51-48 lead with 1:17 remaining.

Bethune-Cookman (3-6) tied it at 51-51 on two Anthony Breeze

free throws with 51 seconds remaining and a Kevin Dukes free throw

with 6.2 seconds left. Sykes was fouled at mid-court and sank both

from the line.

Keith Clanton had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds

for UCF, which outscored Bethune-Cookman 20-3 at the line.

Bethune-Cookman led 25-14 on a Dukes 3-pointer with 6:14

remaining in the first half, but UCF closed it to a 28-22 halftime

game.

Dukes led the Wildcats with13 points, while Garrius Holloman

scored eight of his 12 points in the second half.