Scores

Final

N.J.I.T. 63

(2-10, 1-6 away)

UCF 75

(9-2, 8-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 29, 2006

    CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Orlando, Florida

    1 2 T
    NJIT 25 3863
    UCF 40 3575

    Top Performers

    N.J.I.T.: C. Barker 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    UCF: M. O'Donnell 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    UCF 75, N.J.I.T. 63

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Mike O'Donnell scored 18 points and Josh Peppers added 17 to lead Central Florida to a 75-63 victory over New Jersey Tech in the first round of the UCF Holiday Classic Friday.

    UCF improved to 9-2 with the victory as head coach Kirk Speraw recorded the 300th win of his coaching career. The Highlanders (2-10) saw their losing streak reach 10 games. The Golden Knights opened the game on a 10-2 run and never trailed in the contest.

    UCF made 7-of-13 three-point attempts and shot 50 percent from the floor in the opening half to build a 40-25 advantage at the break. UCF finished the game making 11-of-20 from behind the arc, including a 4-of-8 effort by O'Donnell.

    The Highlanders cut their deficit to single digits at 54-45 with 11:12 to play, but UCF answered with a 13-3 run that gave the Golden Knights their largest lead of the game at 67-48.

    New Jersey Tech's Clayton Barker led all scorers with 19 points before fouling out with 1:18 to play. Kraig Peters scored 14 for the Highlanders, who outscored UCF 38-35 in the second half on the strength of 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) shooting from the floor.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NJIT
    UCF
    Points 63 75
    FG Made-Attempted 24-54 (.444) 24-50 (.480)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 11-20 (.550)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-14 (.500) 16-25 (.640)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 20

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