UCF basketball players in order left to right; Djordjije Mumin, Matt Williams, A.J. Davis and B.J. Taylor celebrate on top of a table in front a sold out crowd. UCF won 68-58 against Illinois. (Aileen Perilla/ KnightNews)

ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF has advanced to the next round of the NIT, blazing their way to New York with a full-throttle 68-58 victory over Illinois.

The Knights took the lead early on, but let the game close to just a six point lead with just over two minutes left to play; it was a dramatic end to an outstanding performance in front of the first sellout crowd at CFE Arena for UCF Basketball.

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Matt Williams and AJ Davis were relentless, combining for 32. BJ Taylor led the attack with 17, while Tacko Fall made his presence felt with 3 blocks and 10 rebounds.

UCF center Tacko Fall blocks an attempt made by Illinois forward Leron Black. Fall helped the Knights secure a win with 3 blocks and 10 rebounds. UCF won 68-58 against Illinois.

Wednesday’s win sets UCF up for a Tuesday night semi-final against TCU at Madison Square Garden.