ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — B.J. Taylor is making up for misplaced time.
After lacking the primary 16 video games of the season with a damaged foot, Taylor entered averaging a team-high 13.eight issues in his first 4 video games again for UCF. Only a kind of was once a win, when he scored 25 issues towards USF.
He had some other large sport Wednesday night time, scoring 14 of his 20 issues in the second one part and the final two unfastened throws because the Knights made nine of 10 within the ultimate minute to defeat UConn for simply the second one time ever, 70-61.
“It was too much B.J. Taylor. He controlled the game,” UConn trainer Kevin Ollie stated. “When they needed a bucket, he got it, or he created for his teammates.”
Taylor made 7 of 10 photographs, handiest appearing somewhat rust on the foul line, the place he was once Five of 10. Although he was once 10 of 11 from the foul line when the Knights gained at USF 71-69.
UConn by no means led after making the outlet basket and UCF did not lead by way of double figures till the remaining run.
Taylor had 14 issues in the second one part. Three different gamers scored in double figures for the Knights however the rare win within the sequence wasn’t protected till discovering the variability from the foul line within the ultimate minute, lacking 12 of 24 within the first 39 mins. UCF completed 21 of 34.
The Knights (14-7, Five-Four American) have been up by way of seven halfway via the second one part when the Huskies (11-11, Four-Five) reeled off seven, the final 5 from Christian Vital, who tied it with a Three-point play with 6:25 to move. But Taylor made 2 of four unfastened throws and located Dayon Griffin for a Three-pointer and UCF was once forward for just right.
Vital’s two unfastened throws with a minute left made it 61-55 and the groups traded 2-point possessions. A.J. Davis went to the road with 35.nine seconds to play and made 1 of two unfastened throws. After the second one shot was once overlooked, Tyler Polley grabbed the rebound and threw it out of bounds.
After two unfastened throws from by way of Davis, the Huskies’ Jalen Adams had some other turnover and Ceasar DeJesus made it 68-58 from the road.
Terry Larrier led UConn with 15 issues. Vital grabbed a season-high 9 rebounds.
After Larrier opened the scoring with a three — Three ½ mins in — the Knights reeled off 11 directly. Midway in the course of the first part UCF led 11-Five. Larrier in spite of everything pulled the Huskies even at 29 however Terrell Allen’s tipin on the buzzer gave the Knights the lead.
UConn: Having misplaced 3 of 4, the Huskies may just sick have enough money to lose to a group that they had overwhelmed 8 directly instances and have been 11-1 towards. A win would have put UConn in a tie for fourth, which is value a first-round bye within the convention event. Instead the Knights are within the tie with SMU and Memphis and the Huskies are one in all 3 groups a sport at the back of. … The Huskies have been 7 of 15 from Three-point vary, 15 of 39 from within the arc, and have been outrebounded 38-26.
“But we have to do a better job rebounding,” Ollie stated. “We can’t get outrebounded by 12 and we can’t give up 12 offensive rebounds.”
UCF: The Knights, who final beat the Huskies in 2011, misplaced the primary assembly this season 62-53, however have been with out Taylor. This time they have been lacking 7-foot-6 heart Tacko Fall, who was once averaging 11.Three issues, 7.Three rebounds, 1.nine blocks and taking pictures 77 p.c. Fall is out for the season after fresh shoulder surgical treatment. … The Knights are actually 13-1 when scoring 60 issues.
UCF is 12-Zero when main with 10 mins to play, 13-Zero when main with 5 mins final and 14-Zero with a lead on the two-minute mark.
Vital and Adams make up the highest scoring pair within the convention at 34.Three issues however have been held to 18. They each scored 9 on Five-of-17 taking pictures from the sector however went 7 of seven from the foul line, the place the Huskies completed 10 of 11.
UConn is house Saturday towards No. eight Cincinnati.
UCF stays at house to face Houston on Saturday.
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