No. 17 Wichita State bounces back to beat UCF 81-62

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -

Shaquille Morris scored 19 points to lead No. 17 Wichita State to an 81-62 win over Central Florida on Thursday night.

   Morris, demoted from his starting spot, was 8 of 10 from the floor in 21 minutes.

   Darral Willis had 12 points and nine rebounds as the Shockers (16-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak.

   Dayon Griffin scored 15 points to lead Central Florida (13-7, 4-4). B.J. Taylor had 12 points for the Knights.

   After getting outrebounded 22-19 in the first half, Wichita State outrebounded Central Florida 29-16 in the second half.

   Wichita State led 39-31 at halftime. Griffin had 10 points in the first half, more than his season average for a game.


   Central Florida: The Knights were unable to steal an upset on the road but now have two straight home games.

   Wichita State: The Shockers avoid losing two straight games at Koch Arena for the first time since February 2011.


   Central Florida: The Knights host Connecticut on Tuesday.

   Wichita State: The Shockers host Tulsa on Sunday.