Tulane owned a one-point lead at halftime, but UCF used 54 second-half points to rally for an 85-72 victory over the Green Wave Wednesday night.
Kain Harris led all scorers with a career-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench, while Melvin Frazier contributed 13 points and a game-high three steals. Malik Morgan added 12 points, seven boards and three assists.
Matt Williams led four UCF (10-3, 1-0 AAC) scorers to reach double-figures with 21 points.
Tulane (3-10, 0-1 AAC) committed 32 fouls in the contest – its most since posting 30 against Texas A&M on Nov. 26, 2005.
UCF led for a majority of the first 20 minutes of action but buckets on consecutive possessions by Harris and Frazier down to the 4:12 mark gave the Green Wave its first lead of the night, 28-27, with just over four minutes remaining.
The two sides exchanged scoring possessions in the first four minutes of the second half, as a Morgan jumper kept Tulane on top, 38-37, with 16:57 left in the game.
A response came in the form of a three-pointer by Matt Williams on the very next possession to put UCF back on top by two and the Knights never looked back as the Knights closed out their third win in a row with a 13-point triumph.
The Green Wave will travel to Cincinnati for its first American Athletic Conference road game on Sunday, Jan. 1.
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