ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jermaine Taylor scored 20 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead Central Florida to a come-from-behind 75-72 overtime win against Houston on Wednesday night.
Mike O'Donnell's 3-pointer with 27.6 seconds left in overtime gave the Knights a 72-70 lead. The teams exchanged a pair of free throws, and Chip Cartwright hit 1-of-2 from the line to give Central Florida a 75-72 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining.
Robert McKiver's desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer went wide, preserving Central Florida's win.
Dave Noel gave Central Florida (21-9, 10-5 Conference USA) a 63-61 lead with 10.1 seconds remaining in regulation. But then Houston's Jahmar Thorpe broke free for an uncontested dunk with 1.9 seconds left to tie the game.
Central Florida couldn't get a shot off and the game went to overtime.
Central Florida had 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes, allowing Houston to build a 20-11 lead. McKiver also scored 14 points in the first half.
Jermaine Taylor kept Central Florida in the game with 13 first-half points. Houston led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but Central Florida rallied behind Taylor and cut the deficit to 35-32 at halftime.