Scores

Final

UCF 74

(19-7, 8-4 C-USA)

Rice 63

(13-12, 7-5 C-USA)

    8:05 PM ET, February 17, 2007

    Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas

    1 2 T
    UCF 41 3374
    RICE 31 3263

    Top Performers

    UCF: D. Noel 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Rice: L. Williams 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    UCF 74, Rice 63

    Associated Press

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Josh Peppers scored 18 points to lead Central Florida to a 74-63 win over Rice on Saturday night.

    Lavell Payne and Dave Noel added 16 points each for the Golden Knights (19-7, 8-4 Conference USA), who scored 17 consecutive points from the free-throw line during a 7-minute stretch of the second half. The Golden Knights missed one attempt from the line during that run, extending a six-point lead to 11.

    Morris Almond was held to 13 points -- 15 below his season average -- and scored only two points in the second half for Rice (13-12, 7-5). Lorenzo Williams scored a team-high 16 points and Chris Hagan finished with 11.

    Central Florida led 41-31 at halftime, thanks to 12 points apiece from Payne and Peppers. The Golden Knights led by as many as 15 points before the break.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UCF
    RICE
    Points 74 63
    FG Made-Attempted 22-48 (.458) 24-51 (.471)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-11 (.545) 3-17 (.176)
    FT Made-Attempted 24-31 (.774) 12-14 (.857)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 0

    2006-07 Season

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