Davis scores 26 points, No. 12 Houston beats UCF 77-68
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Corey Davis Jr. scored 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting and No. 12 Houston had another strong defensive effort to beat UCF 77-68 on Thursday night.
Armoni Brooks added 14 points for the Cougars (22-1, 9-1 American Athletic) and Galen Robinson Jr. had 12 points and seven assists.
B.J. Taylor scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for UCF (16-5, 6-3), and Aubrey Dawkins and Tacko Fall each added 13. Taylor hit a stepback 3-pointer to pull the Knights within eight with 1:19 left.
UCF shot 42.6 percent from the field, going 8 of 24 from 3-point range. The Knights were 14 of 27 on free throws.
Houston took a 12-4 lead, only to see UCF respond with a 13-5 run to tie it at 17. Following a timeout, the Cougars put together a 10-0 run, holding the Knights scoreless for six-plus minutes.
Houston: The Cougars entered the game holding teams to 36 percent shooting and 60.5 points.
UCF: The Knights held the Cougars to 43.9 percent shooting.
Houston: Hosts No. 25 Cincinnati on Sunday.
UCF: At SMU on Sunday.
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