UAB winning streak snapped in 74-70 loss to UCF on senior night

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Isaiah Sykes scored 21 points, posted a double-double and hit two late, key free throws as Central Florida held off Alabama-Birmingham 74-70 Wednesday night in Conference USA action.

The Knights (20-10, 9-6), who beat UAB 64-48 on Jan. 9, faced a tougher foe this time. The Blazers (15-15, 7-8) led by 13 points before leading 36-35 at halftime.

Central Florida led 62-49 midway through the second half on a layup by Kasey Wilson (15 points). But UAB rallied behind Fahro Alihodzic (15 points), Rod Rucker (16) and Jordan Swing (10).With 2:20 remaining, Alihodzic made the first of two free throws to cut Central Florida's lead to 69-68. Keith Clanton's layup made it 71-68 at the 1:42 mark. After Sykes' two foul shots at 0:17, UCF held on. Sykes finished with 11 rebounds.

Calvin Newell was vital for UCF with 18 points, and Wilson hit four 3-pointers.

Team Stat Comparison{}UCFUABPoints7470FG Made-Attempted22-49 (.449)25-65 (.385)3P Made-Attempted13-28 (.464)6-22 (.273)FT Made-Attempted17-26 (.654)14-16 (.875)Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)15 (1/0)20 (0/0)Largest Lead139Game Leaders{}UCFUABPointsI. Sykes 21R. Rucker 16ReboundsI. Sykes 11R. Rucker 13AssistsI. Sykes 5T. Jones 5StealsC. Newell 4R. Rucker 3BlocksK. Clanton 1R. Rucker 1Conference USA StandingsTEAMCONF W-LTOTAL W-L#20 Memphis15-026-4 Southern Miss11-422-8 UTEP9-616-13 UCF9-620-10 East Carolina8-717-11 UAB7-815-15 Tulsa7-815-14 Tulane6-918-12 Houston6-917-11 Marshall6-913-17 Southern Methodist5-1015-15 Rice1-145-24