TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Courtney Lee scored 14 of his 21 points in
the second half and Western Kentucky rallied to beat Central
Florida 72-68 Monday in the opening game of the Fiesta Bowl
The Hilltoppers (6-3) play the winner of Monday night's Sam
Houston State-Arizona game for the championship on Wednesday. UCF
plays the loser of that game.
UCF never trailed until Rogers' 3-pointer put Western Kentucky
ahead 60-58 with 4:53 to play.
Peppers' basket inside tied it at 60-60, but the Hilltoppers
scored the next six. Winchester made two free throws, Elgrace
Wilborn scored inside and Lee sank a jumper from the lane to make
it 66-60 with 1:20 to play.
Even though the Hilltoppers made only 5-of-13 free throws after
that, the Golden Knights couldn't get closer than the final
O'Donnell scored four and assisted on the other five points in a
9-0 spur that put the Golden Knights up 18-7 with 12:49 to go in
Troy Linbeck's 3-pointer with 5:01 remaining gave Central
Florida a 33-20 lead. The Golden Knights twice more took 13-point
leads before Wilborn's stuff at the buzzer cut the UCF lead to
39-28 at the break.
UCF shot 52 percent in the first half (15-for-29), 5-for-11 on
3-pointers, but 41 percent (12-for-29) and just 3-of-13 3s in the
second. Peppers was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and scored 11 in the
first half. He finished 4-for-7 on 3s.
Western Kentucky had a 21-11 advantage on the offensive boards
and outrebounded UCF 42-34 overall. Lee led the rebounders with