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USF Falls to Cincinnati Bearcats 82-74 Tuesday Night in Ohio

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(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).





USF Bulls Drop 82-80 Decision to Temple in OT Saturday in Philadelphia

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(Philadelphia, PA) Laquincy Rideau had 18 points, 10 assists and 10 steals and became only the sixth college basketball player in the last 20 years to have a points-assists-steals triple-double, but Temple held off a furious rally to defeat USF 82-80 in overtime on Saturday at the Liacouras Center.

It was also the first triple-double in Liacouras Center history and the first by a USF player since McHugh Mattis had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks on Dec. 7, 2006 against Winston-Salem State.

Alexis Yetna added a career-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds and David Collins finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Nate Pierre-Louis led Temple with 22 points and Shizz Alton Jr. scored 20 points and had nine assists. J.P. Moorman added 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Temple (13-3, 3-1) used a 13-1 run midway through the first half to build a 22-9 advantage and would go on to lead by as many as 17 points. The Bulls pulled within nine points with just over a minute remaining, but Temple got a basket and a three-pointer at the buzzer from Moorman on consecutive possessions to push the lead up to 14.

USF (12-4, 2-2) opened the second half on fire and made its first 12 shots and used a 27-5 run to go ahead 50-42 on a layup by Yetna. Temple responded by scoring the next nine points to pull even at 50-50 at the 9:25 mark.

The two schools went back-and-forth for the next eight minutes with neither team leading by more than four points. Temple pushed ahead 68-65 on two free throws from Alston Jr., but Rideau answered on the ensuing possession for USF with a three-pointer that forced overtime.

Temple scored the first six points of overtime on four free throws and a jumper by Pierre-Louis. USF cut the deficit to one on two free throws from Yetna with 36 seconds left, but Temple hit four straight free throws to go back up by five. Xavier Castaneda made a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to pull USF within two.

“Temple has three of the most dynamic guards out there, certainly that we will face this season”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “You have to play with great toughness and grit against Temple, and it going to be a rock fight at times, and today was exactly that. I thought we did some good things, but not enough good on the road to beat a high-quality team. We have to do some things better in order to win some games on the road, but it was a great game with tough kids out there playing every possession.”

The Bulls continue league play Tuesday at 7 p.m. when the Bulls travel to Cincinnati for a matchup on ESPNEWS.





Former Gators QB Kerwin Bell Named Bulls Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

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(Tampa, FL) Fresh from leading Valdosta State to the 2018 NCAA Division II championship with the nation’s No. 1 ranked scoring offense in the division (52.0 ppg), Florida native Kerwin Bell has been named the Bulls’ offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, USF Head Coach Charlie Strong announced Thursday.

Bell, a former standout quarterback and SEC Player of the Year at the University of Florida (1984-87), comes to USF after 12 seasons as a successful head coach leading programs at Valdosta State (2016-18) and Jacksonville University (2007-15) and a 14-year playing career in professional football, which included stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1989) and Miami Dolphins (1988).

“I have known Kerwin for more than 30 years and have a great deal of respect for what he has done in his career both as a player and coach and the success of the football programs he has led,” Strong said. “He has directed some very explosive, high-scoring offenses and consistently puts his players in position to reach their highest potential. We are very excited to have Kerwin joining our staff.”

Strong and Bell were first part of the same program during the 1983-84 seasons at Florida, where Strong was serving in his first coaching position as a graduate assistant and Bell was a walk-on quarterback. Bell, a native of Mayo, Fla., earned the Gators’ starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman in 1984 and went on to earn SEC Player of the Year honors after leading the Gators to a 9-1-1 record, SEC championship and top five national ranking.

Bell most recently served three seasons as the head coach at Valdosta State (2016-18) where he guided the offense and led the Blazers to a 27-7 record, a school-record 15 straight victories, two Division II playoff appearances and conference and national championships in 2018. He was named the 2018 Gulf South Conference Co-Coach of the Year after leading VSU to a 14-0 record (the first unbeaten season in program history) and a 49-47 victory over Ferris State in the Division II National Championship game, the program’s first title since 2012.

Bell’s 2018 offense led the nation in scoring (52.0 ppg), ranked second in first downs (341) and was fourth in total offense (523.9 ypg), red-zone offense (.901) and pass efficiency (167.37).
Bell led VSU to runner-up conference finishes in his first two years guiding the program and went 8-3 with a playoff appearance in his first season at the helm in 2016 as the Blazers led the nation with 27 interceptions.

Prior to VSU, Bell led Jacksonville University for nine seasons, guiding the Football Championship Series program to a 66-35 record and three Pioneer Football League championships. Also serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Bell was named the 2008 PFL Coach of the Year and an Eddie Robinson Award finalist after leading the Dolphins to a 9-4 record and conference title.

Prior to taking over the Jacksonville program, Bell led Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla, for six seasons (2001-06), earning a Florida 2B state title in 2005 and runner-up finish in 2006.

Bell was selected in the seventh round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, beginning a 14-year professional career that saw stops with the NFL teams in Miami, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis as well as stops in the Canadian Football League (where he passed for 19,538 yards and 101 touchdowns in nine seasons) and the World League of American Football.

Bell earned a degree in psychology from the University of Florida in 1987. After beginning his career at UF as a walk-on, he was inducted into the University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 following a four-year career (1984-87) that saw him pass for 7,585 yards and 56 touchdowns. He was ranked the No. 26 greatest Gator of all-time from the first 100 years of UF football in 2006 by The Gainesville Sun.





USF Bulls Defeat Tulane Green Wave 66-48 for 12th Win of the Season

(Tampa, FL) Leading from start to finish, red-hot USF reached another important program milestone with a 66-48 win over Tulane at the Yuengling Center on Wednesday night.

USF (12-3, 2-1 in AAC) has posted its most victories since the 2013-14 season and extended its home winning streak to seven games by dominating on both ends of the floor. Head coach Brian Gregory’s surging Bulls scored 35 points off 26 Tulane turnovers and grabbed 12 steals in their eighth win in the past nine outings.

David Collins had an all-around solid performance with a game-high 17 points, five assists, five rebounds and a career-high five steals.

Alexis Yetna registered his eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The redshirt freshman forward set a new career high with a trio of three-pointers and his first came at the end of a 10-0 run that spotted USF a 26-12 lead in the opening half.

T.J. Lang led the Bulls early on by scoring nine of his 11 total points in the first period. Along with from Lang’s lift, aggressive USF scored 17 points off 15 Tulane turnovers on the way to a 34-26 halftime lead.

Mayan Kiir scored all eight of his points in the first half and slammed home a monster dunk following a Collins steal during the 10-0 run that pumped the USF lead up to 26-12 more than midway through the period.

A layup by Justin Brown stretched the USF lead to 11 with 16:49 remaining and the Green Wave never got within single digits the rest of the way. Tulane (4-11, 0-3) went 8-for-25 from the field after the break, including a 2-for-14 showing from long range.

“Defensively, we played with strength and some toughness, and some grit”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We forced 26 turnovers and we don’t press. That shows we were strong defensively on drives. We were strong on ball screens and we were very, very active off the ball.”

USF travels to Philadelphia for a conference matchup at Temple that’s set for Saturday at 2 p.m. (TV: ESPNU).





USF Bulls Host Tulane Green Wave Tonight in AAC Action in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls return home tonight (Wednesday) to host Tulane at the Yuengling Center for a matchup broadcast live on ESPN3.

USF (11-3, 1-1) has won six straight games at the Yuengling Center and will be in search of its longest home winning streak since the 2011-12 team won seven consecutive games. The Bulls saw their overall seven-game winning streak snapped on Saturday with a 78-75 loss at Tulsa. After trailing by nine points with 1:12 remaining, USF rallied to tie the game 75-75 on a three-pointer by David Collins with 4.4 seconds left. Tulsa answered with a three-pointer at the buzzer from Curran Scott to hand USF its first loss since Nov. 24.

Collins finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals and tops USF in scoring with 14.3 points per game. The sophomore guard also stands third in The American and 14th in the NCAA with 2.5 steals per game.

Redshirt junior guard Laquincy Rideau scored a team-high 19 points on Saturday to go along with six rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Rideau is second on the team with 14.2 points per game and tops the conference in both assists (5.6 apg) and steals (2.9 spg), which also ranks 40th and fifth in the NCAA, respectively.

Redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds against the Golden Hurricane and paces The American with seven double-doubles. Yetna is also ninth in the NCAA in rebounds (10.9 rpg) and fifth in offensive rebounds per game (4.0 orpg). In addition, Yetna pours in 11.9 points per game and is the only player in The American to average a double-double.

Tulane (4-10, 0-2) suffered its fourth straight loss when it dropped a 74-65 home game to SMU on Friday. The Green Wave has not won since defeating Texas Southern, 77-70, on Dec. 17 and is 0-2 on the road thus far this season.

Sophomore guard Caleb Daniels leads the Green Wave with 15.7 points per game and is second on the team in both rebounds (5.1 rpg) and assists (2.9 apg). Senior guard Jordan Cornish stands second on the team with 12.5 points per game and Samir Sehic averages a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game to go along with 11.6 points per game.

“They are so aggressive, big and strong and they can score in the post, off the dribble and they shoot well from three-point range”, said Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We have to do a great job on them by keeping our chest in front of them at all times and not giving them any easy baskets. If we don’t play our style on defense, they are going to be able to take advantage of it.”





Tulsa Ends Bulls 7 Game Winning Streak on Last Second Basket Saturday

(Tulsa, OK) David Collins’ clutch bucket from long range with 4.4 seconds left tied things up before Tulsa beat the buzzer with a three of its own to hand the rallying Bulls a 78-75 loss on Saturday night.

USF (11-3, 1-1 in AAC) trailed by nine with 1:12 remaining and almost had a chance at extending its winning streak to eight for the first time since the 1982-83 season.

Curran Scott’s three-pointer helped Tulsa (11-4, 1-1) escape with a victory in a game that saw the Bulls outrebound the Golden Hurricane and dominate in points in the paint by a 42-18 margin. Making only nine field goals in the second half, Tulsa did its damage at the free throw line, going 30 for 37 overall and 19-for-26 after the break.

Laquincy Rideau scored a team-high 19 points, dished out seven assists and totaled five steals in USF’s first loss since Nov. 24.

Collins scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half while redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna produced his conference-leading seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Seeking its first-ever win over Tulsa, USF headed into the halftime trailing, 36-31, and kept things close by scoring 18 points in the paint through the first 20 minutes.

USF used an 8-0 run to take the lead when T.J. Lang’s three-pointer spotted the Bulls a 12-10 advantage just over five minutes into the action. Tulsa jumped ahead by 10 with 2:38 to play in the opening half before USF cut its deficit in half by making its final four field goals down the stretch.

USF trailed by 11 with 6:20 remaining and mounted its furious comeback in the final 1:12 by sinking four of its final five shots from the field. That was on top of Collins and Rideau going a combined 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

“It was obviously a great game”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We did some things out of character a little bit for us, but the one thing that was in character was we just kept fighting. There were so things not going so well and some difficulty in terms of the foul situation in the first half – a lot of free throws. We just kind of hung in there and kept fighting, and did some really good things at the end, really good execution.”

USF returns to the Yuengling Center to host Tulane on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.





USF Bulls Defeat UConn 76-68 in AAC Conference Opener for 7th Straight Win

(Tampa, FL) Laquincy Rideau had 25 points, David Collins overcame foul trouble to add 17 key second-half points, and USF battled back from a double-digit deficit to beat UConn 76-68 Wednesday night in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

USF (11-2, 1-0) also got 12 points from Alexis Yetna in its seventh consecutive victory. It’s the Bulls’ first seven-game winning streak since 2007-08, and their most wins in a season since 2013-14 (12).

Jalen Adams led UConn (9-5, 0-1) with 25 points and Christian Vital added 16.

USF trailed by 13 with 2:20 left in the first half, but eventually took the lead at 41-40 when Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) made a layup with 12 1/2 minutes remaining. He scored his first point of the night moments earlier when he made 1-of-2 from the line.

Collins’ trey made it 57-48 with six minutes left.

Adams had a layup and connected on two free throws, cutting the deficit to 66-62 with 1:25 to go.

Collins, who entered as the Bulls leading scorer at 13.9 points, helped secure the win with four free throws in the final minute.

Adams had 11 points in the first half as UConn took a 33-25 halftime lead.

Collins went to the bench 2:10 into the game after picking up his second foul. The Bulls were outscored 19-11 without the guard and trailed 23-13 when he returned with just under nine minutes left in the first half.

Collins played six minutes in the opening half and sat for several minutes early on in the second after getting his third foul.

“I told our guys, ‘We won this game on Monday and Tuesday with our practices, our preparation and our commitment to really getting down and dirty on the defensive end and on the glass, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We knew there wasn’t going to be a lot of pass options offensively. We were going to have to attack the basket. I thought we did a good job of it in the first half but we weren’t strong enough around the basket. We did a much better job in the second half.”

The Bulls continue league play Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Bulls travel to Tulsa for a matchup on ESPNU.





USF Opens American Athletic Conference Schedule Against UConn Wed. Night in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) The USF men’s basketball team closes a three-game homestand and begins American Athletic Conference play Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. when the Bulls welcome UConn to the Yuengling Center for a matchup on CBS Sports Network.

The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free white t-shirt and all fans are encouraged to wear white.

USF (10-2) ran its winning streak to six on Saturday following a 60-54 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson behind 16 points and 16 rebounds from redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna. Yetna leads The American and ranks seventh in the NCAA with 10.9 rebounds per game and has featured seven games with double digit rebounds. Yetna also paces the conference with seven double-doubles and leads in offensive rebounds with 3.8 per game.

Sophomore Justin Brown added 12 points, six rebounds and make three 3-pointers against the Knights to continue a hot stretch of shooting. Brown, who has made a team-best 22 three-pointers, is shooting 71.4 percent (10-for-14) from down town over his last three games. Overall, Brown averages 9.3 points per game and shoots 43.1 percent from beyond the arc.

David Collins scored 10 points to go along with a career-high eight rebounds on Saturday and continues to serve as the offensive catalyst for the USF offense with 13.9 points per game. Collins is also second in The American and 14th in the NCAA in steals with 2.6 per game.

Redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau stands second on the team with 12.9 points per game and leads the conference in both assists (5.7 apg) and steals (2.8 spg). Additionally, Rideau ranks eighth in the NCAA in steals and 36th in assists.

UConn (9-4) has won three of its last five games but suffered an 81-58 defeat to Villanova in its most recent game. The Huskies and Wildcats were tied 30-30 at halftime, but Villanova exploded for 51 points in the second half en route to the victory. Despite only scoring 58 points, UConn still ranks second in The American with 81.3 points per game and in field goal percentage by shooting 47.6 percent.

AAC Preseason Player of the Year Jalen Adams leads UConn and ranks sixth in the league with 16.6 points per game. Fellow guard Christian Vital pulls down a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game and scores in double figures with 12.4 points per game.





Marshall Hands USF 6th Straight Loss with 38-20 Win at The Gasparilla Bowl In Tampa

(Tampa, FL) Most Valuable Player Keion Davis rushed for a game-high 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Marshall Thundering Herd (9-4, 6-2 C-USA) to a 38-20 victory over the USF Bulls (7-6, 3-4 AAC) in the 11th annual Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium before an announced crowd of 14,135. USF completes a disappointing season with 6 straight losses after going 7-0.

Davis did almost all of his damage in the second half, picking up 82 of his 94 yards on just nine carries. His 16-yard touchdown run with 6:24 left in the fourth quarter gave the Herd its final 18-point margin and secured Marshall’s record third win in three Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl appearances. Marshall also won in 2011 (20-10 over FIU) and in 2015 (16-10 over UConn).

Marshall never trailed, jumping out to a 14-0 lead less than 11 minutes into the game on the strength of short scoring runs by quarterback Isaiah Green and running back Anthony Anderson. Green’s score capped a seven-play, 81-yard drive and Anderson’s plunge followed a fumble recovery and return of 29 yards to the USF 1-yard line by Marshall’s Darius Hodge.

USF cut the lead in half at the 2:43 mark of the second quarter thanks to a 38-yard scoring pass from slotback/wildcat Tyre McCants who found Randall St. Felix open in the end zone.
The Bulls were unable to get any closer in the game as Marshall extended its lead to 28-7 late in the second quarter and carried a 28-10 lead into halftime.

St. Felix highlighted the USF offensive effort collecting a Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl-record 165 receiving yards on just six catches. St. Felix added his second touchdown reception of the night on a 33-yard connection with quarterback Blake Barnett late in the third quarter which narrowed Marshall’s lead to 31-20.

Marshall’s balanced offensive attack finished with 503 total yards — 282 rushing and 221 passing. The Herd’s defense limited USF to 360 total yards and just 92 on the ground. Marshall did not allow an opposing rusher to reach 100 yards in any game during the 2018 season and the streak now has reached 14 games.





USF Bulls Defeat FIU 82-73 Extending Winning Streak to 4

(Miami, FL) Laquincy Rideau scored 28 points and USF held FIU to 23 points under its season average en route to an 82-73 victory Tuesday evening at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center.

FIU (8-3) entered play ranked second in the NCAA in scoring with an average of 96.6 points per game and had scored at least 80 points in all but one of its 10 games this season. Panther senior guard Brian Beard began the night averaging a team-high 22.6 points per game, but USF limited him to four points on 0-for-8 shooting from the field.

Rideau hit a career-high four three-pointers and added seven rebounds, nine assists and five steals to help USF secure its fourth straight win, marking the first time since the 2013-14 season the Bulls have won four consecutive games.

David Collins added 16 points and Alexis Yetna finished one point shy of a double-double with 13 rebounds and nine points. Sophomore Justin Brown chipped in with 13 points and made three 3-pointers after making his first start of the season. USF connected for a season-high 10 triples and finished 71.4 percent (10-for-14) from beyond the arc to record the second-highest single game three-point percentage in school history.

USF (8-2) raced to an 11-point lead midway through the first half before FIU used an 8-0 run to pull within three points. Rideau scored seven of the next nine point for USF to push the lead up to eight. Three-pointers from Rideau and Brown over the final two minutes gave USF a 14-point lead at halftime.

Brown gave USF its largest lead of the game with a three-pointer in the corner to up the advantage to 23 points six minutes into the second half. FIU answered with a 22-6 run to crawl within seven points with just under nine minutes remaining.

The Bulls would use free throws over the final eight minutes to hold off FIU on their way to opening the season with eight wins over the first 10 games for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

USF returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. when the Bulls host Alcorn State on ESPN3 from the Yuengling Center.