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UCF Beats UConn on the Road



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    Central Florida's Aubrey Dawkins dribbles as Connecticut's Christian Vital, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Hartford, Conn.

    Aubrey Dawkins scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half to lead UCF to its sixth straight win, a 65-53 victory over UConn on Saturday.

    B.J. Taylor added 12 points for the Knights (12-2, 2-0 American), who won on the Huskies home floor for the first time in program history.

    Alterique Gilbert had 18 points and Christian Vital 15 for UConn (9-6, 0-2), which lost its third straight game.

    UCF led just 33-30 halftime, but quickly built that to eight in the second half on two jumpers by Dawkins, the first from beyond the arc after a steal by Tacko Fall.

    UConn went on a run and tied the game at 40 on a 3-pointer from Vital, part of a personal 7-0 run. But UCF took control from there.

    A 3-pointer from Taylor with five minutes left gave the Knights a 12-point lead and they kept the Huskies at arms-length the rest of the way.


    UCF: The Knights shot 57 percent from the floor and held UConn to just 32 percent. UCF improved to 3-11 all-time against the Huskies, 1-6 on the road.

    UConn: The Huskies were concerned about matching up with the taller Knights inside, but out rebounded UCF 37-23, including 17-0 on the offensive glass. The Huskies were able to convert that into just six second-chance points.... UConn last won a conference home opener in 2014, an 84-61 win over UCF.


    UCF: The Knights have more than a week off before hosting East Carolina on Jan. 13.

    UConn: The Huskies head back to campus to face SMU on Thursday night.

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