UCF hoops upsets No. 24 Alabama 65-62

By DREW HILL

Associated Press

   TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A.J. Davis made the go-ahead free throw with 25 seconds remaining, then Terrell Allen stole the following Alabama possession and fired the ball to teammate Dayon Griffin for an easy layup that sealed Central Florida's 65-62 upset of the No. 24 Crimson Tide on Sunday.
 
   Allen finished with 16 points and eight assists, Djordjije Mumin scored 11, and Griffin added 10 points and six rebounds. The Knights were extremely efficient from the outside on offense. They shot 60 percent from the field in the second half and finished 7 of 15 behind the arc.
 
   UCF (5-3) made five 3-pointers on 10 attempts in the first half to keep it a six-point game heading into the final 20 minutes. The Knights never slowed down. They kept up the pace in the second half, scoring 35 points, while finding more success in the paint.
 
   Mumin was the Knight's most efficient player from behind the arc, making three of four 3-point attempts, and Griffin added two more 3-pointers. UCF finished the game shooting 47 percent from behind the arc.
 
   Alabama (6-2) was successful on the inside for most of the first 20 minutes but fell behind in rebounding during the second half. The Crimson Tide scored 34 points in the paint but lost the rebounding battle 37-28.
 
   The Knights held Alabama star Collin Sexton, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer, to just seven points, all of which came from the free-throw line. Sexton also turned the ball over three times and had three assists.
 
   Donta Hall had 20 points and four blocks to lead the Crimson Tide.
 
   BIG PICTURE
 
   Alabama: Missed its chance to get to 7-1 for the first time since the 2011-12 season. The loss to UCF is the Crimson Tide's first loss to an unranked opponent this season.
 
   UCF: Ended a three-game losing skid, while defeating its second power-five opponent on the season and splitting its two games against the SEC. The win is the Knights' first against a ranked team.
 
   UP NEXT
 
   Alabama concludes its three-game homestand Wednesday night against Rhode Island.
 
   UCF hosts the Southern University Jaguars on Saturday.

 

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