ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Rodney Purvis scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Connecticut held off a Central Florida second-half rally for a 66-63 win Saturday night.
UConn (12-12, 7-5 American Athletic Conference) led by as much as 18 but then went cold over a nine-minute stretch as UCF used a 14-2 run to tighten the gap to 56-51 with under 2 1/2 minutes to play. But Jalen Adams made a floater in the lane over 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall to spark a 5-0 spurt and stretch the advantage back to double digits, 61-51, with 1:29 left.
UCF's B.J. Taylor fueled the second-half rally, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the final nine minutes, including six of the game's last nine points to keep the Knights within striking distance.
Taylor finished 6 of 19 from the field. Nick Banyard added 13 points, Tanksley Efianayi had 10 and Fall got 11 rebounds for UCF (15-10, 6-7).