Sykes' triple-double fuels
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Junior guard Isaiah Sykes
recorded 20 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Central Florida
to an 83-73 Conference USA victory over East Carolina Saturday afternoon
Junior forward Tristan
Spurlock (16 points), senior forward Keith Clanton (14), junior guard
Calvin Newell (13) and sophomore forward Kasey Wilson (10) joined Sykes
in double figures as the Golden Knights (17-6, 7-2 C-USA) seized a 48-35
halftime lead and then fended off a late ECU surge.
Senior forward Maurice
Kemp paced the Pirates (13-9, 4-5) with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Kemp's offensive output boosted his league-leading scoring average to
ECU junior forward Ty
Armstrong scored 13 points, senior guard Miguel Paul had 11 points and
10 assists and junior forward Robert Sampson added 10 points in his
first action since suffering a knee injury last month.
Trailing by as much as 16
early in the second half, the Pirates gradually cut into the deficit,
drawing within 77-73 on a trey by junior guard Akeem Richmond with 1:31
left. But UCF shut the door with a layup by Sykes and two free throws
each by Spurlock and Newell.
ECU now turns its
attention to a key two-game home stand. The Pirates face UAB on
Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Southern Miss on Saturday.
Since the Pirates'
91-85 road win over the Blazers
on on Jan. 23, recharged UAB (11-13, 3-6) has won three of its last four
When ECU hosts the Golden
Eagles at 5 p.m. on Saturday, it will be the first time the teams have
met this season. USM (18-6, 7-2) is knotted with UCF in second place in
C-USA behind Memphis (20-3, 9-0.)
CONFERENCE USA GAME SUMMARY
Central Florida 83, East
Feb. 9, 2013
Facility: UCF Arena
Records: ECU 13-9, 4-5; UCF 17-6, 7-2
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