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(New Orleans, LA) Justin Brown knocked down five of the Bulls’ season-high 13 three-pointers as USF completed a season sweep of Tulane with a 75-70 victory on Wednesday night.
USF (19-11, 8-9 in AAC) is one more victory away from posting the program’s fifth 20-win season after getting a career-high 20 points from Brown. The sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., made four shots from long range in his 17-point second half in a game the Bulls led from start to finish.
David Collins also scored a game-high 20 points and made six of his eight total free throws in the final 1:12. Collins’ late production at the line came at an important time after Tulane (4-25, 0-17 in AAC) cut a 16-point deficit in the second half down to four in the final minute.
T.J. Lang added 11 points and went 3-for-6 from long range while USF fell one three-pointer short of matching the school’s single-game record set in 1991. Alexis Yetna came close to registering his 11th double-double of the season with nine points and eight rebounds.
Freshman Michael Durr grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the second straight outing to help the Bulls finish with a 38-31 edge on the glass. Freshman guard Xavier Castaneda totaled seven points and three assists in his third career start.
It was raining threes right away in Wednesday’s action with USF making six of its first seven buckets from long range and Collins accounted for two of them. Lang joined the three-point party at the end of the flurry and his first field goal sparked a 7-0 run that extended the USF lead to 24-12 near the midpoint of the half.
USF finished the first half with eight three-pointers after back-to-back buckets by Antun Maricevic and Lang down the stretch helped the Bulls take a 37-26 lead into halftime.
Tulane worked a 16-point deficit in the second half down to seven with less than six minutes remaining before the Bulls heated back up. Brown sank two more threes during a 9-2 run and Lang made his third shot from downtown to pump the lead back up to 15 with 3:24 to play.
The rallying Green Wave got within four in the final minute but ran out of time after Collins sank three free throws in the final 19 seconds.
USF will shoot for its 20th win in the regular season finale against SMU that’s set for Sunday at 4 p.m. inside the Yuengling Center (TV: ESPNU).
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