UCF 65, Rhode Island 54

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 30, 2011
Isaiah Sykes scored 14 points as Central Florida held off Rhode Island for a 65-54 victory on Friday night. The visiting Rams (2-12) closed to 57-51 on a Billy Baron 3-pointer with 4:01 remaining, but couldn't capitalize on three opportunities to make it a one-possession game. Keith Clanton (13 points) drained a 3-pointer and Sykes scored five straight points to help the Knights (10-3) pull away for the UCF Holiday Classic title. Marcus Jordan added 12 points for UCF, which won its 19th straight non-league home game. UCF pulled away from a 20-all tie in the first half for a 29-22 lead on Josh Crittle's layup with 1:10 remaining. The Knights led 31-25 at halftime behind nine points from Tristan Sperlock and five each from Clanton and Sykes. Mike Powell had 21 points for Rhode Island.
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