UCF men edge S. Dakota State in Jacksonville Classic when 3-pointer misses


ST. AUGUSTINE — Marchelus Avery scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and Jaylin Sellers scored 20 Sunday night to help Johnny Dawkins‘ UCF team beat South Dakota State 83-80 at the Jacksonville Classic.

Darius Johnson finished with 11 points plus 4 steals and Omar Payne, who made 4 of 4 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line, added 10 points and 3 steals for UCF (3-1).

Johnson made a layup through contact and missed the and-1 free throw but Sellers grabbed the offensive rebound, was fouled and hit 2 free throws to give UCF an 81-78 lead with 7 seconds to play.

Zeke Mayo made two foul shots to make it a one-point game and Payne answered with a pair of free throws to make it 83-80 with 4 seconds remaining before Charlie Easley missed a potential tying 3-point shot.

Easley led South Dakota State (1-3) with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 3 of 6 from 3-point range. Luke Appel fouled out with 19 points, Mayo scored 12 and Nate Barnhart hit three 3s and finished with 11 points.

UCF returns home for a week off before Stetson visits Nov. 26. South Dakota State plays at Southern Miss on Wednesday.

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