UCF Junior guard Jermaine Taylor recorded a game-high 23 points and senior guard Mike O'Donnell added 22 points as the UCF men's basketball team eased to a 110-75 Conference USA win over East Carolina on Wednesday evening at the new UCF Arena. The Knights (14-11, 7-4 C-USA) shot 61.2 percent from the floor in the victory.
UCF 15 3-pointers in the win over ECU (8-16, 2-9), falling one shy of tying the school record, while it collected at least 110 points in a game for the first time since 1991. The 110 points were good for third on the school's Division I single-game register.
The Knights led by as many as 18 in the first half when O'Donnell drained one of his six triples to help the hosts cruise out to a 42-24 cushion with 4:40 remaining.
For the game, UCF shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from deep and dished out 25 assists.
After taking a 50-35 lead into the break, UCF continued to roll in the second half, using an 11-0 run to secure a 75-50 margin as it eased to the victory.
John Fields came off the bench to pace ECU with 22 points, and Cory Farmer added 11 for the Pirates.
UCF finished with a 41-22 advantage on the glass as Taylor led all players with seven boards. Noel recorded seven assists in the winning effort.
East Carolina has now lost 22 consecutive road games against Conference USA opponents. The Pirates will look to snap that streak Saturday when they play at UTEP.