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(Saturday, January 19)
Final Score: UCF 79, Houston 75 (OT)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Isaiah Sykes finished with 22 points and nine rebounds as the UCF Knights took down the Houston Cougars in overtime, 79-75, in Conference USA action at Hofheinz Pavilion.
For the Knights (12-5, 2-1 C-USA), Keith Clanton added 19 points, Calvin Newell scored 15 points and Kasey Wilson chipped in with 11 points.
Daniel House and TaShawn Thomas both posted double-doubles for the Cougars (12-5, 1-3). House scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Thomas had 11 points and 13 boards. Joseph Young added 14 points and Jherrod Stiggers finished with 11 points, as the Cougars dropped their third straight decision.
Houston shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range, as it took a 37-32 lead into halftime. UCF started off strong as well, making 51.9 percent of its field goal attempts, but it went just 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
The Cougars led for nearly the entire second half and held a 72-68 advantage with 2:33 to play in regulation, but a layup by Clanton and two free throws from Sykes with 1:27 remaining tied the score and sent the game to overtime.
In the extra session, UCF scored the first four points and never trailed as it pulled out the victory.
UCF dominated down low, outscoring Houston in the paint 52-36
01/19 21:44:30 ET
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