GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — CJ Kelly scored 21 factors and UCF beat No. 4 seed Florida 67-49 on Wednesday evening in the NIT.
UCF (19-14) innovations to the next round to enjoy the winner of the Oregon-UC Irvine game.
Kelly shot 9 for 13, such as 2 for 4 from further than the arc for the Knights. Taylor Hendricks scored 17 details and added eight rebounds. Ithiel Horton recorded 12 details and shot 5 for 10, together with 2 for 6 from beyond the arc.
Riley Kugel led the way for the Gators (16-17) with 13 points. Niels Lane and Myreon Jones every extra six factors. Florida shed 8 of its final 11 contests, and went devoid of its main scorer, Colin Castleton, given that Feb. 15 because of to a broken hand.
UCF took the guide with 11:52 remaining in the initial half and in no way seemed back. Hendricks led his workforce in scoring with 13 points in the to start with 50 % to assist set them up 35-26 at the crack. UCF pulled away with a 9- operate in the next 50 % to extend a nine-level lead to 18 factors. They outscored Florida by nine factors in the closing 50 %, as Kelly led the way with a team-significant 14.
The Knights and Gators squared off for the first time given that 2012.
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