Orlando, Fla. (AP) -- Mike O'Donnell had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Central Florida defeated Texas Pan-American 88-62 Saturday in the championship game of the UCF Holiday Classic.
O'Donnell, who was named the Classic's MVP, finished an assist shy of a triple-double as he also had nine helpers. The championship was the first for UCF (10-2) in the tournament's three-year history.UCF put the game away in the first half as the Knights connected on four three-pointers during a 20-3 run midway through the first half that pushed their lead to 34-12 at the 7:01 mark. For the half, UCF made six-of-nine attempts from three-point range, while UTPA made only two-of-14 shots from behind the arc.The Knights held a 40-25 advantage on the glass as Tony Davis joined O'Donnell with ten rebounds.Josh Peppers led UCF with 18 points and Jermaine Taylor added 17 off the bench for a Golden Knight offense that shot 57.7 percent (30-for-52) from the floor. The Broncs (8-6) were held to a 33.3 percent (19-for-57) clip.UTPA's Brian Burrell led all scorers with 27 points and was only Bronc in double figures.