Central Florida made quick work of visiting FSC-Jacksonville on Wednesday, picking up a valuable 71-57 Mid-Florida Conference win and setting up a homecoming showdown with archrival Santa Fe.
CF cruised to an 8-2 lead in the opening 2 minutes and led at halftime. A chippy second half saw the Stars scratch their way to within 7 in the final minutes before a poised CF team closed out.
Point guard Hunter Williams scored a game-high 24 points, making 3 of 5 attempts from 3-point range and 7 of 8 free throws. Eugene McCrory scored 18 points and Jeremiah Eason added 10 to join Williams in double figures.
The Patriots (19-7, 6-2 MFC) can make up ground on conference-leading Santa Fe on Saturday when the Saints visit for CF's homecoming festivities. The critical MFC face-off tips at 7:30 p.m.