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Abrams leads East Carolina in rally past UCF 68-66

Mar 3, 2010 - 2:28 AM ORLANDO, Fla.(AP) -- Jamar Abrams scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and East Carolina rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 13 minutes to defeat Central Florida 68-66 on Tuesday night.

The victory is only the second for the Pirates (10-19, 4-11 Conference USA) in 13 meetings with the Knights (13-16, 5-10).

Isaac Sosas 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining brought UCF to within 68-66. East Carolina threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, allowing the Knights the opportunity to tie.

But Taylor Youngs desperation 10-footer at the buzzer fell off the rim.

East Carolina trailed 51-38 with 12:49 remaining, but went on a 17-0 run as the Pirates held UCF without a field goal for 8:27. East Carolina, which shot 63 percent from the floor in the second half, led by as many as seven points in the final five minutes.