ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) B.J. Taylor scored 20 points and UCF made 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute to defeat UConn for just the second time ever, 70-61, on Wednesday night.
UConn never led after making the opening basket and UCF didn't lead by double figures until the closing run, despite the Huskies shooting nearly 50-percent from three-point range in the game at the CFE Arena.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Knights but the rare win in the series wasn't secure until finding the range from the foul line in the final minute, missing 12 of 24 in the first 39 minutes. UCF finished 21 of 34.
The Knights (14-7, 5-4 American) were up by seven midway through the second half when the Huskies (11-11, 4-5) reeled off seven, the last five from Christian Vital, who tied it with a 3-point play with 6:25 to go. However, Taylor made 2 of 4 free throws and found Dayon Griffin for a 3-pointer and UCF was ahead for good.
Vital's two free throws with a minute left made it 61-55 and the teams traded 2-point possessions. A.J. Davis went to the line with 35.9 seconds to play and made 1 of 2 free throws. After the second shot was missed, Tyler Polley grabbed the rebound and threw it out of bounds.
After two free throws from by Davis, the Huskies had another turnover and Ceasar DeJesus made it 68-58 from the line.
Terry Larrier led UConn with 15 points. Vital grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the loss.
UConn: Having lost three of four, the Huskies could ill afford to lose to a team they had beaten eight straight times and were 11-1 against. ... The Huskies were 7 of 15 from 3-point range, 15 of 39 from inside the arc, and were outrebounded 38-26.
UCF: The Knights lost the first meeting between the teams, 62-53, but were without Taylor. This time they were missing 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, who was averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and shooting 77 percent. Fall is out for the season after recent shoulder surgery. ... The Knights are now 13-1 when scoring 60 points.
UConn is home Saturday against No. 8 Cincinnati.
UCF remains at home to face Houston on Saturday.
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