Knights use late rally to defeat Lobos
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—Chris Baez hit a 3-pointer from the baseline with 4.6 seconds left to cap a Central Florida comeback in the final two minutes and give the Knights a 72-71 win over New Mexico on Saturday night.
After Phillip McDonald made one free throw for New Mexico, Baez found himself unguarded on the near baseline for the game-winning shot for the Knights (2-1).
Dairese Gary got off a hurried 3-pointer at the final buzzer that was well off the mark for the Lobos (2-2).
New Mexico led 69-60 with 2:08 left after Gary hit two free throws as part of his career-high 20 points.
But Baez followed with a 3-pointer and a minute later, Jermaine Taylor dropped in another one as Central Florida cut its deficit to 70-67.
On the ensuing in-bounds pass, Taylor caught the ball at the top of the key and went in for a dunk with 25.5 seconds left.
Taylor finished with 18 points to pace the Knights.
Central Florida’s last lead before the closing seconds came at 19-18 at the 7:37 mark of the first half.
The Knights never trailed by more than seven points until less than five minutes remained.
Gary’s 3-pointer with 4:28 left put New Mexico up 59-50 for the Lobos’ largest lead.
New Mexico struggled from the line all game, at one point of the second half missing eight of 10 free throws. Down the stretch, the Lobos missed three of their eight foul shots.