East Carolina's Caleb White, right, drives against Central Florida's Kasey Wilson, left, during the overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Hartford, Conn.
Jessica Hill
March 12, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) B.J. Tyson had 19 points, Marshall Guilmette scored 18 and No. 8 seed East Carolina outlasted ninth-seeded Central Florida for an 81-80 overtime win in the American Athletic Conference tournament's opening game on Thursday.

Guilmette made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:33 left in overtime and Caleb White added a jumper at 3:31 to give the Pirates (14-18) all the points they would need at 81-78.

Kasey Wilson pulled UCF (12-18) within one on a pair of free throws. But East Carolina had three offensive rebounds and one steal to hold UCF to just two missed field-goal attempts for the final 3:05.

ECU jumped to a 30-13 lead and led 75-68 with 3:37 left. The Knights forced overtime by closing on an 8-1 run capped by Wilson's putback with 4.7 seconds left. B.J. Taylor led UCF with 22 points.

ECU will face top-seeded Southern Methodist on Friday in the quarterfinals.

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