(Tampa, FL) Laquincy Rideau scored 17 points and hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds to lead USF to a 74-70 overtime victory over Austin Peay on Monday in the opening round of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic at the Yuengling Center.
USF (2-0) took a 72-67 lead with under a minute left in overtime on a free throw from Rideau, but Zach Glotta was fouled on a three-point attempt on the ensuing possession and hit all three shots to cut the lead to two. After two missed free throws by the Bulls and turnovers by both teams, Rideau stepped to the line and made the final two points to extend the lead to four and clinch the victory for USF.
USF built a 49-40 lead midway through the second half following a three-pointer by T.J. Lang. Austin Peay, however, answered with an 18-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 58-55 edge on a three-pointer from Glotta.
Rideau regained the lead for the Bulls when his layup with 30 seconds left gave USF a 61-60 edge, but Jarrett Givens connected from beyond the arc on the other end to put Austin Peay ahead 63-61. Justin Brown drew a foul on the final possession of regulation and hit both free throws with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to tie the game and force overtime.
Austin Peay took the lead first in overtime on a free throw from Givens, but David Collins hit a three-pointer on the next possession giving USF the lead for good.
Lang and Collins both finished with 15 points and Mayan Kiir added 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks off the bench.
Terry Taylor paced Austin Peay with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Glotta chipped in with 15 points and hit a pair of three-pointers.
“We play hard. We play with great energy and intensity”, said USF Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We hung in there in the first half. We had some good offense and some wide open shots, we just weren’t able to make those baskets. We stretched it out in the second half and then got out of sorts. I’m proud of our guys for continuing to fight and for finding a way to win.”
USF continues competition in the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. when the Bulls face Ohio in Montego Bay, Jamaica, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
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