UCF Basketball takes down No. 8 Houston in historic win

UCF Basketball notched one of its biggest wins in program history on Saturday, taking down the No. 8 Houston Cougars 69-64 in front of a national audience on ESPN’s College GameDay.

The win, which ended the Cougars’ 33-game home winning streak — the longest in the nation — was a huge boost to the Knights’ NCAA Tournament hopes.

It was also UCF’s second ever win against an AP Top 10 opponent, with the previous victory coming against No. 4 UConn in 2011.

Tacko Fall had a huge impact for the Knights, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds on 67 percent shooting.

Collin Smith also helped UCF to the win with the best game of his career, scoring 21 points on 53 percent shooting to go along with seven rebounds.

UCF split its games with Houston this year after falling to the Cougars 77-68 on Feb. 7 in Orlando.

The Knights, who are widely projected to be one of the last teams in for the NCAA Tournament, have two key games remaining against Cincinnati and Temple before the AAC Tournament starts.

The Knights outscored the Cougars 41-31  in the second half after trailing by five at halftime.

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