ORLANDO, Fla. -- Isaiah Sykes scored 22 points and Central Florida, shooting 72.4 percent in the first half, coasted to a 99-69 victory over Florida A&M in a nonconference game Saturday.
The Knights (10-4) made 21 of 29 first-half shots, including 9 of 14 (64.3 percent) from 3-point range, to take a 55-28 halftime lead against the Rattlers (4-11), who have lost five in a row.
Florida A&M shot 58.6 percent (17 of 29) in the second half but never cut UCF's lead below 25 points.
Tristan Spurlock and Keith Clanton scored 15 points each for UCF, and Clanton also pulled down six rebounds. That gave the senior 872 career rebounds, good for ninth place on the all-time Conference USA list ahead of Kenyon Martin, who played at Cincinnati from 1997-2000 when it was part of the league.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|