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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.”





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.





Iowa Defeats Mississippi State 27-22 in the Outback Bowl

(Tampa, FL) Safety Jake Gervase made an interception in the end zone to help preserve a late lead, and ball-hawking Iowa Hawkeyes beat No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl 27-22 Tuesday.

Gervase also batted down an errant fourth-down pass to end the Bulldogs’ final drive at the Iowa 32 with 25 seconds left. Two earlier Mississippi State threats in the fourth quarter led to only three points.

The Hawkeyes totaled just 199 yards, with 75 coming on a touchdown pass from Nathan Stanley to Nick Easley, but they converted three takeaways into 17 points.

Stanley threw for 214 yards and three scores. The Hawkeyes won despite netting minus 15 yards rushing, and their three running backs totaled 4 yards in 15 carries.

Iowa (9-4) earned its biggest postseason victory since an Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech to cap the 2009 season. Mississippi State (8-5) lost to a team outside the top 15 for the first time.

Trailing 24-19, the Bulldogs had a first down at the Iowa 1 early in the fourth quarter, but three quarterback draws lost 2 yards and they settled for a field goal.

They were again on the verge of taking the lead with nine minutes left, but receiver Stephen Guidry bobbled a pass in the end zone, and Gervase snatched it away. The Hawkeyes then drove 50 yards for a field goal to go up 27-22.

The Hawkeyes scored two touchdowns in 97 seconds for a 17-6 lead. The Bulldogs rallied with two touchdowns in 18 seconds to go up 19-17, with quarterback Nick Fitzgerald giving them the advantage on a nifty 33-yard touchdown run — his 100th career score rushing or passing.

But on their next possession, Fitzgerald’s tipped pass was intercepted by defensive lineman Chauncey Golston. Stanley then scrambled to convert a fourth and 1, and on the next play he hit Easley to put Iowa ahead to stay, 24-19.

The Hawkeyes won because they kept the game close early despite a slow start. They trailed only 6-0 after one quarter even though they had minus 8 yards and a 12-yard punt.

Mississippi State tried some trickery in the first quarter by throwing down the middle to quarterback Keytaon Thompson, but he dropped a potential touchdown pass and the Bulldogs settled for a field goal.

The Bulldogs had 90 yards in penalties while Iowa had none. Targeting and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Mississippi State jump-started the Hawkeyes’ offense and led to a field goal for their first score. A 51-yard completion for the Bulldogs was negated by a holding penalty.

The Bulldogs, who allowed only 12 touchdowns in the regular season, gave up two in quick succession in the second quarter.

First Easley slipped several yards behind the secondary to catch Stanley’s long throw in stride. The touchdown pass was the 50th of Stanley’s career — and his longest. It was the longest play allowed by the Bulldogs this season.

Two snaps later, A.J. Epenesa’s strip sack of Fitzgerald gave the Hawkeyes the ball at the 13, and they scored on Ihmir Smith-Marsette’s touchdown catch for a 17-6 lead. The fumble lost was Fitzgerald’s first in 511 carries.

Iowa will likely finish in the Top 25 for only the second time in the past nine seasons. Coach Kirk Ferentz concluded his 20th season at Iowa and improved to 152-101, including 8-8 in bowl games.

The down-to-the-wire finish was a rarity for the Bulldogs, who had only one other game decided by fewer than 14 points.

Stanley will be a third-year starter returning to lead the 2019 Hawkeyes, who also will have their top three rushers back. They open the season Aug. 31 at home against Miami (Ohio).

With fifth-year senior Fitzgerald departing, the Bulldogs will have a new starting quarterback — possibly Thompson — when they open the 2019 season Aug. 31 in New Orleans against Louisiana.





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 Appalachian State 76-69 Saturday; Up Record to 7-2





Outback Bowl Matchup: Iowa vs. Mississippi State January 1 in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) The Iowa Hawkeyes and No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs will square-off for the first time in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in Tampa, bowl officials announced Sunday. Both teams are 8-4. It will be the first time these teams have played in 119+ seasons of their football history. It will also be the first appearance by Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.

“We are thrilled to extend an invitation to Iowa and Mississippi State to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Todd Timmerman. “These are two quality teams that should produce a terrific match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching on New Year’s Day. We look forward to hosting the Hawkeye and Bulldog teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have an amazing experience in the Tampa Bay area.”

“I am thrilled for our team and our tremendous group of seniors who have earned the opportunity to go out with a New Year’s Day bowl in the state of Florida,” MSU head coach Joe Moorhead said. “The Outback Bowl is the perfect destination for our team. I have always had tremendous respect for Coach Ferentz and his Iowa teams.”

“We are excited to accept a bid to our first Outback Bowl to cap off Joe Moorhead’s successful first season as our head football coach,” MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said. “I want to congratulate our team and our coaching staff for earning our program’s ninth straight bowl appearance. This team featured college football’s best defense and demonstrated overall improvement throughout the year, as shown by winning four of its last five games, including a dominant win in a rivalry game to finish the regular season. Tampa is a great city, with an endless number of entertainment opportunities for our fans, and we always look forward to playing in an NFL stadium. I encourage our Bulldog family to pack Raymond James Stadium and send our senior class out the right way.”

“Our football team, coaches, and staff are excited to be invited to the 2019 Outback Bowl,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. “We know we will enjoy outstanding hospitality, and we know we will face a quality opponent from the SEC. This is a great reward for how hard our players have worked and the success they have enjoyed this season.”

The Outback Bowl will be played on January 1st at 12:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium.

For information on Outback Bowl events leading up to the game go to the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.com.





USF Bulls Defeat Stetson Hatters 75-71 in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) Alexis Yetna led five Bulls in double figures with a career-high 18 points as USF held off hot-shooting Stetson, 75-71, at the Yuengling Center on Wednesday night.

Yetna also registered his third career double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds and his two free throws in the final 2:07 helped secure the Bulls’ 14th straight victory over the Hatters.

USF (5-2) has posted its most wins in the month of November since the 2014-15 season after withstanding a 56-percent shooting performance in the second half by Stetson (1-7).

Junior guard Laquincy Rideau scored all 12 of his points in the first half that saw the Bulls grab a 40-34 lead. Star sophomore guard David Collins scored eight of his 10 points after the break and his layup spotted USF its largest advantage, 64-54, with 9:45 remaining.

Senior guard T.J. Lang finished with 11 points and his second three-pointer of the night gave the Bulls a six-point cushion with 5:15 to play. Stetson pulled within two with 2:32 remaining but missed two threes in the final minute with USF ahead by three points. Yetna put the game away with two free throws in his fifth straight double-digit scoring performance.

Junior forward Antun Maricevic also was a key contributor, scoring seven of his career-high 10 points after the break and adding four rebounds to help the Bulls finish with a 42-31 edge on the glass.

“Give our guys credit in terms of doing just enough of what you need to do to get a win”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “I thought the three areas that won us the game – being able to switch into the zone. We’ve been able to get some practice time the last two days and I told our guys, ‘We need to be able to feel comfortable and confident if we go to the zone.’… The other thing was the rebounds, we were plus-11 on the glass, and we were plus-13 points from the free throw line. It makes a big difference.”

USF finishes up its four-game home stand Friday against Colgate at 8:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3).





USF Bulls Host Stetson Hatters Tonight in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) The USF men’s basketball team continues a four-game homestand tonight at 7 p.m. when the Bulls welcome in-state foe Stetson to the Yuengling Center for a matchup that will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

USF (4-2) is coming off an 84-81 setback against The Citadel last Saturday. David Collins and Laquincy Rideau each scored 21 points and redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna tied a career-high with 15 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Collins has now scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games and ranks seventh in The American in scoring with 17.3 points per game. Yetna is averaging 10.5 rebounds per game over the last four games and leads the league with 9.2 rebounds per game.

Rideau tallied six assists Saturday against the Bulldogs and stands 17th in the NCAA and second in The American with 6.5 assists per game. Rideau has dished out at least five assists in all six games thus far this season.

Stetson (1-6) suffered its sixth straight loss on Monday when the Hatters dropped an 84-74 decision at Bethune-Cookman. Stetson has not won since posting a 116-66 victory over Johnson University on Nov. 7.

Sophomore guard Christiaan Jones paces the Stetson offense with 11.7 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Abayomi Iyiola stands second on the team with 10.3 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game.

“We’re playing a team this week that we played very close last year and they put you in tough situations because they do a good job with their length”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “They have a lot of interchangeable parts both offensively and defensively, so our communication is going to be important. Recognizing and attacking their defense appropriately is going to be a big challenge for us.”