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Washington leads No. 11 Cincinnati to 60-50 win over UCF

By MARK SCHMETZERFebruary 9, 2017
Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans (1) drives the ball up court in front of Central Florida guard A.J. Davis (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans (1) drives the ball up court in front of Central Florida guard A.J. Davis (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Washington scored 14 points and No. 11 Cincinnati extended its winning streak to 15 games with a 60-50 victory over Central Florida on Wednesday night.

Washington also finished with 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season as Cincinnati (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic Conference) won its 23rd consecutive home game.

Facing the Knights’ 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall before a crowd of 9,510, the Bearcats attempted 29 3-pointers, their second-highest total of the season and five shy of their season-high. They connected on nine.

Fall also finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points on five dunks and two tip-ins and grabbing 11 rebounds to lead Central Florida (15-9, 6-6), which has lost five of its last six games. B.J. Taylor also scored 14 points for the Knights.

Jacob Evans had 11 points for the Bearcats.

The Knights closed a 15-point first-half deficit to five on a 3-pointer by Nick Banyard with 10:37 left in the game, but the Bearcats put together an 11-3 run to regain control.

Washington connected on two 3-pointers from the top of the key, sparking Cincinnati to a 9-0 lead. The Bearcats led 30-15 on Evans’ dunk off an alley-oop pass from Troy Caupain with 5:34 left in the first half. Fall scored six of his eight first-half points during the Knights’ 13-4 run that cut the Bearcats’ lead to 34-28 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Central Florida: The Knights struggled from 3-point range, finishing just 3 of 15.

Cincinnati: Washington, a transfer from North Carolina State who sat out last season, was coming off a career-high 27-point effort in Cincinnati’s 82-68 win over UConn on Saturday.

UP NEXT

UCF opens a brief two-game home stand on Friday against UConn.

The Bearcats travel to No. 25 Southern Methodist on Sunday for a rematch with the Mustangs. Cincinnati squeezed out a 66-64 home win on Jan. 12.

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