UCF Notches 10th Straigh Win

BOCA RATON – Dexter Lyons tied a career high with 25 points and hit a career high five three pointers as UCF (12-2, 7-0) won its record setting 10th consecutive game dropping FAU (7-7, 4-3) 72-50, at FAU Gymnasium Wednesday evening. It is the Golden Knights longest winning streak since they began competition at the Division I level back in 1984-85.

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Lyons'career high fifth three pointer in the second half with just over 12 minutes remaining was part of a 10-0 UCF run that extended the Knights lead to 48-26. It would be the first of consecutive three-point plays for Lyons who was fouled on his next attempt from beyond the arc and then sank all three free throws to push the UCF bulge to 51-26. Robert Williams finally ended the drought for FAU and Earnest Crumbley added a triple on the next possession for the Owls to close out UCF's scoring run at 12-5.

The Knights never trailed and remained in control, pushing their lead to over 20 for several minutes in the second half. UCF's largest lead came with just over 11 minutes remaining after Troy Lindbeck's jumper put UCF up 51-26.

Lyons opened the scoring draining a three and UCF started the game on a 10-2 run behind a combined eight points from he and Roberto Morentin. The Owls narrowed the gap to 10-6 following a bucket from Mike Bell, but the Knights Gary Johnson answered back with a triple to put the UCF lead at seven, 13-6, with just under 14 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.

Morentin's free throws with seven minutes before the break gave the Knights their first double-digit lead at 21-10. FAU again drew to within seven after Pierre Tucker canned a triple to bridge the gap to 22-15. Lyons, who finished the first half with 15 points, scored nine of UCF's final 11 points of the half, all coming from beyond the arc. The Knights entered the intermission with a 33-19 lead, their largest of the half.

In addition to Lyons, Morentin also finished in double figures with 17. The 6-9 senior also led the Knights on the glass with eight rebounds. UCF hit 23-of-52 (44 percent) shots from the field and hit nine shots from beyond the arc in 24 attempts. Lyons made 6-of-7 at the free throw line to lead UCF, which finished 15-19 overall. The Knights also held the advantage on the glass outrebounding the Owls 38-28.

Bell and Crumbley led FAU with 13 and 12 points respectively. Bell also grabbed a team high eight boards. The Owls hit 36 percent from the floor and connected on just 2-of-13 three pointers. FAU also sank 14 shots at the free throw line in 21 attempts.

UCF will return home following three consecutive road games to host a pair of tilts in the conference. First up for UCF is A-Sun newcomer Lipscomb on Saturday, Jan. 17 and Belmont on Monday, Jan. 19. Both games are slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip off and can be heard live on the UCF ISP Sports network on AM 740 The Team with Marc Daniels calling the action. Daniels will take to the airwaves at 7 p.m. with pregame coverage.

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