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Central Florida 79, Mercer 65

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Peppers scored 22 points and Justin
Rose came off the bench with 15 points and five rebounds to lead
Central Florida to a 79-65 win over Mercer on Thursday night.

The Golden Knights (17-8, 10-7 Atlantic Sun Conference)
continued a strong late-season surge with their fifth victory in
the last six games. It was UCF's fourth victory in its last five
meetings with the Bears.

UCF led by as many as 21 points, but Mercer (13-11, 8-9) rallied
in the second half to cut the deficit to 50-41 with 9:58 left
following a 3-pointer by James Odoms. The Golden Knights never let
the Bears get any closer, eventually pushing the lead back to as
many 19.

Gary Johnson scored 14 points and had nine assists for the
Golden Knights.

Will Emerson led Mercer with 16 points.

The Golden Knights won despite limited play from two of their
best inside players. Marcus Johnson missed most of the first half
with an eye injury and Anthony Williams fouled out with 15:14 left
in the game.