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(Tampa, FL) David Collins scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds and USF held Wichita State to its lowest scoring output this season on its way to a 54-41 victory over the Shockers Tuesday evening at the Yuengling Center.
USF (13-6, 3-4) turned in a dominant first half by holding Wichita State to 15 points on 6-for-27 shooting from the field. The Shockers also went 0-for-8 from three-point range in the first half and finished the game 2-for-18 from beyond the arc.
T.J. Lang’s three-pointer seven minutes into play put USF ahead 12-2 and the Bulls would lead by at least six points for the remainder of the half. Five consecutive free throws from USF over the final 2:19 gave the Bulls a 30-15 lead at halftime.
USF took its largest lead on a layup by Mayan Kiir early in the second half to go ahead 35-17, but Wichita State answered with a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to six points with 7:16 remaining. Rideau, who finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals, pushed the lead back to eight with a layup and Justin Brown hit a three-pointer on the next USF possession to give the Bulls a 42-33 edge.
Two free throws by Jamarius Burton helped Wichita State pull within five points with just under five minutes left, but two free throws from Kiir and a three-pointer by Alexis Yetna (Paris) extended the lead back to double digits. Samajae Haynes-Jones had the final field goal for Wichita State at the 3:46 mark, and Collins scored the final seven points for USF to help the Bulls improve to 11-2 at home this season.
Markis McDuffie led Wichita State with 11 points and was the only Shocker to score in double figures.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We talked on Sunday that after losing to three of the top four teams in our league, we we’re going to need to respond. I told the guys that we’ll see what our commitment level is towards what we are trying to build, and I thought you saw it tonight. It wasn’t pretty on offense, but it was really good on defense, it was really good.”
The Bulls continue league play Saturday at 4 p.m. when the Bulls travel to Greenville, N.C., to face ECU on ESPNU.
On this edition of the “Big Band Files” we salute baseball with some of the great moments in play-by-play along with songs about the game. Voices include: Ernie Harwell, Curt Gowdy, Red Barber, Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett.
You’ll hear Jerry Doggett call the final inning of Sal Maglie’s no-hitter in a vintage 1956 radio broadcast and Vin Scully will do the postgame recap. You’ll also hear a rare interview with Joe DiMaggio by my co-host on “Sports Talk” Don Henderson. Songs include: Talkin’ Baseball, I Saw it on the Radio, There Used to be a Ballpark, Van Lingle Mungo, Baseball Blues, My Wife Saw the Dodgers Play at Ebbets Field and more.
(Tampa, FL) David Collins scored a season-high 23 points, including 21 in the second half, and added three assists and two steals, but No. 17 Houston held off USF on its way to a 69-60 victory Saturday evening at the Yuengling Center.
Breaon Brady scored 13 points and Armoni Brooks added 11 to lead Houston to its third straight victory. Nate Hinton finished with 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Alexis Yetna scored 12 points and had seven rebounds for USF before fouling out late in the second half.
Houston (18-1, 5-1) limited USF to 23.8 percent shooting (5-for-21) and finished the first half on a 16-6 run to open a 35-25 lead. The Cougars built the advantage to 16 before Collins scored six points over a two-minute stretch to cap a 12-0 run and help the Bulls whittle their deficit to 47-43 with 10:38 remaining.
Brison Gresham’s three-point play and Galen Robinson’s first points of the night on a short jumper helped the Cougars build the lead back to double-digits. Collins made three free throws to make it a six-point game before Houston closed it out from the foul line.
“I thought we did some good things, but not enough to beat a team like Houston”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “It’s hard to have the turnovers we had in the backcourt and it’s hard to have quality looks and not be able to make any of them. I thought we fought pretty hard, but Houston got every 50-50 ball, not because we weren’t playing hard, but because they just play at a whole other level, and that’s why they are good.”
The Bulls continue league play Tuesday at 8 p.m. when the Bulls host Wichita State on CBS Sports Network at the Yuengling Center.
We pay tribute to singer/actress Kaye Stevens who passed away on December 28, 2011. Kaye was a multi-talented performer who worked with just about everyone in show business including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. She was a regular panelist on game shows like “Match Game” and “Tattletales” and performed on all the variety and talk shows in the 60’s and 70’s. She was also an actress on daytime television’s “Days of Our Lives”.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kaye Stevens in 2010 for my radio show. This episode features three segments of our conversation.
(Cincinnati, OH) USF fought back from a 12-point halftime deficit but came up short dropping an 82-74 decision to Cincinnati Tuesday night in Ohio.
USF (12-5, 2-3 in AAC) tied the game up twice after the break, the final time with 6:28 remaining, but couldn’t gain distance despite outshooting the Bearcats from the floor and winning the rebounding battle.
Cincinnati (15-3, 4-1 in AAC) pulled out its sixth win in the past seven games by shooting 90.6 percent from the free throw line, including a 20-for-22 performance in the second half.
Laquincy Rideau poured in a team-high 26 points with four assists and a pair of steals.
Alexis Yetna posted 12 points and made all six of his free throws to help the Bulls finish 22-for-26 at the line. Freshman Michael Durr matched his career high with 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds while David Collins added 10 points and four assists.
After taking Temple to overtime last Saturday, USF jumped out to an 8-2 lead on Cincinnati with four quick points by Rideau, who registered the Bulls’ first triple-double since 2006 against the Owls.
Cincinnati responded with a 15-3 run and scored 19 points off 15 USF turnovers on the way to a 43-31 halftime lead. Rideau beat the buzzer with a highlight-reel layup and led the Bulls with 11 points in the first 20 minutes.
Known for heating up after the break this season, USF opened the second half with a 24-12 scoring advantage to tie the game up at 11:52 remaining. Cincinnati answered with an 8-0 run but the Bulls didn’t back down and evened the score again at 65-65 with 6:28 to play.
Up by two with less than four minutes left, Cincinnati scored five straight points and didn’t let its lead dip below five the rest of the way. Eight of the Bearcats’ final 10 points were produced at the free throw line.
“We didn’t get off to a good start in the first half, too many turnovers with 15 in the first half”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We were just out of sorts a little bit on offense, settled down in the second half and made our free throws. We rebounded the ball well and foul trouble hurt us.”
USF returns to the Yuengling Center in Tampa to host Houston on Saturday at 8 p.m. (TV: ESPNU).