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Jordan keeps UCF perfect

UCF guard Marcus Jordan tries to drive past Princeton guard T.J. Bray as forward P.J. Gaynor sets a pick in the first half. Jordan scores 22 of his 26 in the second half.

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UCF guard Marcus Jordan tries to drive past Princeton guard T.J. Bray as forward P.J. Gaynor sets a pick in the first half. Jordan scores 22 of his 26 in the second half.

ORLANDO — Marcus Jordan saw to it that the unbeaten run for No. 19 Central Florida stayed intact.

Jordan scored 22 of his 26 in the second half to help the Knights rally past Princeton 68-62 Thursday night in the championship game of the UCF Holiday Classic.

The son of NBA star Michael Jordan scored nine straight early in the second half to wipe out a 37-29 halftime deficit for the Knights (13-0).

Jordan took over almost every UCF possession. Just as important, he limited Dan Mavraides to just two points after the Prince­ton guard lit up the Knights with 18 in the first half.

"Marcus scored 26 points, which was just an unbelievable effort, but the amazing thing was what he did defensively," UCF coach Donnie Jones said. "I challenged our guys at halftime to come out with an edge the first five minutes or we were going to the subs, and (Jordan) certainly did that."

Jordan played on a sore ankle that prevented him from starting the previous two games.

"The ankle was killing me the whole game, but I just kept telling myself to push through it," said the sophomore guard, who went 6-of-9 from the field in the second half.

No. 8 Villanova 78, No. 25 Temple 74: Corey Stokes scored 24 for the Wildcats (11-1), who held off their Philadelphia rival. Lavoy Allen had 22 points for the Owls (9-3).

No. 10 Missouri 81, ODU 58: Marcus Denmon matched his season best with five 3-pointers and scored 22 for the host Tigers (13-1), who have won eight in a row for their first unbeaten December since 1991-92.

No. 16 BYU 90, Buffalo 82: Jimmer Fredette scored 28 of his season-high 34 in the second half to lead the visiting Cougars (13-1).

No. 21 Memphis 88, Lipscomb 70: Wesley Witherspoon, three weeks removed from having surgery on his right knee, scored a season-high 28 and had a career-best 14 rebounds for the host Tigers (10-2).

J'ville 67, B-CU 60: Travis Cohn scored 14 to lead the host Dolphins (8-3), and C.J. Reed scored 22 for the Wildcats (5-8).

Miami 94, Pepperdine 59: Malcolm Grant scored 22 to lead the host Hurricanes (11-3).

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