Scores

Final

UTEP 55

(19-8, 11-3 C-USA)

UCF 66

(13-14, 7-7 C-USA)

    7:30 PM ET, March 4, 2006

    CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Orlando, Florida

    1 2 T
    UTEP 31 2455
    UCF 32 3466

    Top Performers

    UTEP: J. Williams 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl

    UCF: M. O'Donnell 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Central Florida 66, UTEP 55

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Mike O'Donnell hit seven of his nine shots from the floor and scored a career-high 23 points as UCF upset UTEP with a 66-55 win Saturday night.

    UTEP (19-8, 11-3 Conference USA) got within 55-45 on a lineup by Edgar Moreno with 6:10 left, but O'Donnell put UCF back up by 13 with a 3-point bank shot with 5:05 remaining.

    O'Donnell hit all six of his three-point attempts. UCF (13-14, 7-7) was 9-of-17 from three-point range.

    UTEP still has some work to do in next week's Conference USA Tournament in Memphis to make the NCAA Tournament. UTEP's RPI ranking was 63rd coming into this week.

    Josh Peppers' three-pointer with 11:12 remaining capped a 15-2 UCF run and gave UCF their biggest lead, 53-38.

    Jason Williams was the only UTEP player to score during the first 13:50 of the second half, allowing UCF to maintain its double-digit lead.

    Justin Rose finished with 14 points, Peppers had 11 points and Marcus Johnson had 10 rebounds for UCF.

    Williams finished with 26 points and five rebounds. Brent Murphy had 10 points for UTEP, who shot just 37 percent from the floor.

    Neither team led by more than three points during the first half. Murphy's 3-pointer put UTEP ahead 31-30 with 59 seconds remaining, but Rose gave UCF the lead on a driving slam dunk with 24 seconds left.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTEP
    UCF
    Points 55 66
    FG Made-Attempted 19-52 (.365) 21-43 (.488)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-18 (.222) 9-17 (.529)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-14 (.929) 15-17 (.882)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 13

    2005-06 Season

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