UCF 64, UAB 54

Keith Clanton scored 14 points to lead four players in double

figures for Central Florida in a 64-54 win over Alabama-Birmingham

on Thursday night in the Conference USA tournament

quarterfinals.

The Knights (22-9) advance to the semifinal round of the

tournament and will face top seed and regular-season conference

champion Memphis on Friday. UCF split the season series against the

Tigers.

Marcus Jordan and A.J. Rompza added 12 points apiece for the

Knights, while Isaiah Sykes chipped in 10.

The Knights, fresh off a win over against UAB in the

regular-season finale that clinched the season sweep, took control

early for the same result in this postseason meeting. Jordan put in

a layup and knocked down a 3 to help fuel an 11-4 Knights run that

turned a one-point deficit into a six-point lead and UCF led the

rest of the way.

Ovie Soko had 18 points for UAB (15-16).