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Owls Fall To Golden Knights, 87-65

Dec. 9, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jermaine Taylor came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points, leading UCF to an 87-65 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday, giving the Knights their best start in 27 years.

UCF had not won its first six games since the 1979-80 season, when it competed in Division II. All six victories this season have come at home and against in-state schools.

Paul Graham led Florida Atlantic (3-5) with 17 points, Avery Holley finished with 16 points and Jeff Parmer added 11.

Josh Peppers finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Knights. Stanley Billings also had 12 points.

UCF held Florida Atlantic to 26.9 percent shooting (7-26) in the first half.

Holley's two free throws with 5:22 remaining in the first half put the Owls up 26-25, but the Knights went on a 14-3 run to end the half and take a 39-29 lead at halftime.

UCF extended its lead to 21 on a pair of free throws from Billings with 9:45 remaining.

Florida Atlantic missed 35 of its first 45 shots.



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