Just three minutes into the second half, it looked like the game was over. Central Florida had played well during the first half, securing an 8-point halftime lead. The Knights took that momentum out of the locker room and went on an 8-3 run, building their lead to 13. It looked like this would go on to be Miami's fourth loss of the young season.
But, that wasn't in the RedHawks' plans.
The resilient RedHawks bounced back slowly but surely, chipping away at the lead in small margins. With 13 minutes to go in the second half the lead was cut in half on a Dion Wade three-pointer. UCF kept that margin for awhile, trading baskets with the RedHawks over the course of the next few minutes.
A quick 5-0 Miami run cut the lead to just two at 53-51, and the RedHawks were right back where they wanted to be. They couldn't muster a defensive stop for awhile after that, but kept answering with baskets of their own. That was until the 3-minute mark, when after two Geovonie McKnight free throws tied the game, Abdoulaye Harouna hit a monster corner three to give the RedHawks their first lead of the game at 62-59.
UCF's 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall was fouled and split the pair on the next UCF possession, and after a couple of missed shots and turnovers Fall was fouled on a made layup, knotting up the game at 62 with 40 seconds left. He hit the free throw, and Miami was back in a familiar spot.
Just like they did over the entire second half, Miami responded. Eric Washington drove towards the lane, pulled up at the left elbow and calmly sunk a mid-range jumper to give Miami the 64-63 lead. The Knights (1-3) couldn't get up a good shot during their last possession, and Miami (4-3) came out of Millett Hall with a pretty impressive win.
Miami's next contest will be against IUPUI in Indianapolis on December 5.
|Points||E. Washington (15)||T. Fall (10)|
|Rebounds||G. McKnight (7)||S. Davis (8)|
|Assists||Two tied (3)||D. Walker (5)|
|Blocks||L. McLane (1)||T. Fall (3)|
|Steals||E. Washington (6)||C. McSpadden (2)|