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B.J. Taylor scores, No. 25 UCF beats No. 19 Cincinnati 58-55

March 8, 2019
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Cincinnati guard Keith Williams (2) tries to shoot over Central Florida forward Chad Brown (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — B.J. Taylor had a final home game to remember — at No. 19 Cincinnati’s expense.

Taylor scored seven of UCF’s last eight point and finished with 22 to help the No. 25 Knights hold off Cincinnati 58-55 on Thursday night.

“We feel like we’ve been the hunted all season,” Taylor said. “We came in pre-season number one pick . we got everybody’s best shot all season. That’s nothing new.”

Tacko Fall added 10 points and six rebounds for the Knights (23-6, 13-4 American Athletic). They held Cincinnati to 37.1 percent shooting and had a 40-33 rebounding edge.

“Hope people around the country realize how good they are,” coach Mick Cronin said. “We had too many breakdowns ... we got what we deserved.”

Trevon Scott had 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added nine rebounds for the Bearcats (25-5, 14-3). Jarron Cumberland added 10 points and five assists.

Taylor broke a tie with two free throws with 1:16 left and made it 57-53 with a layup with 17 seconds to go. Cumberland cut it to two with a layup with 10 seconds left, and Chad Brown completed the scoring for UCF with a free throw with 9 seconds to go.

Cumberland and Can Broome missed 3-point attempts for the Bearcats in the final seconds.

“We’re going to have to do this together,” coach Dawkins said. “Tonight, is another example of us doing it together. We beat a very good basketball team today at home.”

CUMBERLAND STRUGGLES

Cumberland didn’t score his first basket until 7:28 left in the first half. The Bearcats’ leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, he was 5 for-18 from the field.

BIG PICTURE

Cincinnati: The Bearcats couldn’t overcome their shooting problems. They were 6 of 18 from 3 -point range.

UCF: The victory gave the Knights two victories over Top 25 teams in a season for the first time. The win also marked UCF’s most wins in program history with 23.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: Hosts No. 12 Houston on Sunday

UCF: At Temple on Saturday.

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