PHOTOS: What A Rush! No. 25 UCF Men's Basketball Tops No. 19 Cincinnati

Just five days after earning its first win over a ranked team this season — a 69-64 road victory at No. 6 Houston — the No. 25 UCF men’s basketball team returned home March 7 and upended No. 19 Cincinnati, 58-55, to earn two wins over ranked opponents in the same season for the first time in program history. Now seemingly a lock for UCF’s first-ever at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, the Knights improved to 23-6 on the season, the most regular season wins ever for a UCF squad. The Knights will conclude the regular season in Philadelphia on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Temple —with coverage on ESPN2 and FM 96.9 The Game. (Words by Jenna Marina Lee; Photos by Nick Leyva '15) (9 photos total)

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    1Before tipoff, guard BJ Taylor '18 soaks up the moment for his final home game as a Knight and the first-ever Top 25 match-up in UCF’s program history. He would go on to lead the Knights in the game with 22 points.

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    2Senior center Tacko Fall's mother, Mariane Sene, traveled to the United States for the first time from Senegal to watch her son play basketball in person for the first time. The two had not seen each other for nearly seven years.

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    3“What a game and what an environment. The atmosphere in here was electric. Our students came out, our community was here, and I don’t think we win the game if they (aren’t here).” — UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins

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    4The game came down to the wire, but when Taylor rebounded Cincinnati guard Cane Broom’s missed 3-pointer, he secured the victory and spurred a court rush.

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    5Thursday's result marked the seventh time in school history UCF topped a ranked opponent. Of those seven wins, four have occurred during Dawkins' three-year tenure as head coach.

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    6Senior Chad Brown pauses from celebrating with fans to give his arm sleeve to a young Knight, Braydon. "He's easily Braydon's favorite player. He always makes time for Bray, makes him feel special, and for that, I can't thank him enough," Braydon's father, Jayson Geller, tweeted.

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    7Fall finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in his final game at CFE Arena.

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    8“There’s nothing more you can ask for on senior night. To get the win and for it to be a great game like that, Knight Nation gave us energy, gave us that boost. It was great. I couldn’t think of a better way for us to end our careers at home.” — BJ Taylor '18

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    9UCF's senior class thanked the sixth largest home crowd in program history (9,141) following the win.