ORLANDO, Fla. — Tacko Fall recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Central Florida cruised past South Carolina State 89-64 on Thursday night.
Fall, who went 7 of 9 on shooting from the field, also had four blocks for the fourth time this season, as he dominated on both ends to collect his 18th career double-double.
Dayon Griffin had 11 points, six rebounds, five assists with two blocks and A.J. Davis added 11 points and six rebounds for the Knights (9-3), who shot 59 percent (32-54) from the field.
Chad Brown and Chance McSpadden each scored 10 points for UCF, which dominated the bench points 42-23 en route to winning its fifth straight game.
“I’m just really proud of our guys’ effort tonight,” UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said. “Especially considering we got down in the first half by nine.
“Our guys showed the character they’ve exhibited almost all season. They were able to stay poised, kept competing, and kept playing UCF basketball. They were able to gain momentum and subsequently win the game.”
Donte Wright scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the way for South Carolina State (4-11).
Wright, the only Bulldogs starter to reach double figures in scoring, also grabbed seven rebounds.
Ozante Fields ended with 10 points and shot 4 of 5 from the floor for South Carolina State, which shot 38 percent (21-56) from the field and made just 8 for 22 from 3-point range.
UCF used an 11-2 spurt to take a 39-34 lead at halftime and then made another double-digit 15-0 run early in the second half to blow the game wide open, taking a 63-45 advantage – as the Bulldogs shot just 28.6 percent after the break.
“Our guys, like they’ve done most of this year, they responded,” Dawkins said of the run. “They went back out and they made the adjustments. Clearly our defense was a lot better from that point on and gave us a chance to win.”
It is the second consecutive seasons the Knights are making a 9-3 start, having won 12 games before losing their fourth contest last season.
UCF will take a couple days off for the Christmas break before returning on Dec. 27 at SMU.
South Carolina State will also be off for the holidays and returns to continue its road trip on Jan. 3 at Bethune-Cookman.
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