Dec. 9, 2006
ORLANDO, FL - Jeff Parmer had 11 first-half points to give the Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team a spark, but UCF made a late run to take a 10-point halftime lead and earn a 87-65 win at UCF Arena in Orlando, FL on Saturday.
A pair of Avery Holley free throws gave the Owls a 26-25 lead with 5:07 left in the first frame, but the Golden Knights would finish on a 14-3 run highlighted by six made free throws and a triple by UCF's Jermaine Taylor.
By the 14:53 mark in the second-half the Golden Knights had stretched their lead to 50-36, and were on their way to victory.
Paul Graham scored 15 second-half points to finish with a team-high 17. He went 5-for-8 from the floor including a 2-for-2 effort from behind the arc. Graham was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
Avery Holley finished with 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting, 2-for-3 from deep and 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. Parmer grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds while Carlos Monroe grabbed nine to go with seven points.
Seydou Kone scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in his return to action after missing the past three games with an injury.
UCF had three players finish in double-figures, led by Taylor's 18 on 6-of-9 shooting and 4-for-7 on three-point attempts. Josh Peppers and Stanley Billings added 12 each.
The Owls shot just 30.9 percent from the floor, while the Golden Knights made 54.9 percent of their attempts, including a 62.5 percent effort in the second-half.
The two teams combined for 70 free-throw attempts, and FAU went a perfect 13-for-13 from the line in the second half to finish at 80.0% (24-for-30) for the game. UCF (6-0) finished at 60.0 percent (24-for-40).
FAU (3-5) had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 1-5 on the road. The Owls will play their first Sun Belt Conference game on December 13 when Troy visits FAU Arena.