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UAB winning streak snapped in 74-70 loss to UCF on senior night

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(l-r) UAB Seniors Alexander Scotland-Williamson, Terrence Jones and Karl Moton were honored Wednesday night before their game against Central Florida. (abc3340.com) (l-r) UAB Seniors Alexander Scotland-Williamson, Terrence Jones and Karl Moton were honored Wednesday night before their game against Central Florida. (abc3340.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Isaiah Sykes scored 21 points, posted a double-double and hit two late, key free throws as Central Florida held off Alabama-Birmingham 74-70 Wednesday night in Conference USA action.

The Knights (20-10, 9-6), who beat UAB 64-48 on Jan. 9, faced a tougher foe this time. The Blazers (15-15, 7-8) led by 13 points before leading 36-35 at halftime.

Central Florida led 62-49 midway through the second half on a layup by Kasey Wilson (15 points). But UAB rallied behind Fahro Alihodzic (15 points), Rod Rucker (16) and Jordan Swing (10).With 2:20 remaining, Alihodzic made the first of two free throws to cut Central Florida's lead to 69-68. Keith Clanton's layup made it 71-68 at the 1:42 mark. After Sykes' two foul shots at 0:17, UCF held on. Sykes finished with 11 rebounds.

Calvin Newell was vital for UCF with 18 points, and Wilson hit four 3-pointers.

Team Stat Comparison

 
UCF
UAB
Points 74 70
FG Made-Attempted 22-49 (.449) 25-65 (.385)
3P Made-Attempted 13-28 (.464) 6-22 (.273)
FT Made-Attempted 17-26 (.654) 14-16 (.875)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 13 9

Conference USA Standings

TEAMCONF W-LTOTAL W-L
#20 Memphis 15-0 26-4
Southern Miss 11-4 22-8
UTEP 9-6 16-13
UCF 9-6 20-10
East Carolina 8-7 17-11
UAB 7-8 15-15
Tulsa 7-8 15-14
Tulane 6-9 18-12
Houston 6-9 17-11
Marshall 6-9 13-17
Southern Methodist 5-10 15-15
Rice 1-14 5-24
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