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USF Bulls to Host Stonybrook in CBI Tournament Opener

(Tampa, FL) The USF men’s basketball team has been selected to play in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational and will host Stony Brook Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center.

The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a single-elimination tournament consisting of 16 teams that compete on home courts. The championship is determined through a best two-out-of-three series format featuring the final two teams that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The 2019 CBI field includes USF, Stony Brook, West Virginia, Grand Canyon, Coastal Carolina, Howard, Utah Valley, Cal State Northridge, DePaul, Central Michigan, Longwood, Southern Miss, Cal Baptist, Loyola Marymount, Brown and UAB.

The Bulls will be competing in the postseason for the 12th time in program history and making their first appearance in the CBI. USF has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and eight trips to the NIT.

Individually, redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau was named the 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year to become the first such winner in USF school history. Forward Alexis Yetna was tabbed the 2019 AAC Freshman of the Year to mark the first time USF has featured a Freshman of the Year since 1979, when the Bulls were a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Sophomore David Collin and Rideau were both named All-Conference Third Team to become the first two Bulls in AAC history to be named all-conference. Yetna was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, joining Collins as the only two Bulls in school history to be named to the AAC all-freshman team.

Stony Brook (24-8, 12-4) finished in second place in the America East Conference but was upset in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by Binghamton. The Seawolves are led by First Team All-Conference member Akwasi Yeboah, who led the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) during the campaign that featured wins over a Southeastern Conference opponent (South Carolina) and a pair of Atlantic 10 opponents (Rhode Island and George Washington). Stony Brook also defeated Northern Iowa, who advanced to the championship game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Stony Brook also features the Sixth Man of the Year in the America East, redshirt-sophomore Andrew Garcia and the Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore Jeff Otchere.

USF season ticket members will receive an email Sunday night allowing them the opportunity to keep their same seats for Wednesday’s game. Single-game tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday at noon and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. All 100 level seats can be purchased for $17 and all 200 level seats will be sold for $12. USF students will receive free admission thanks to the generosity of the USF Bulls Club members. USF will also provide a live BullsVision video stream of the game on www.GoUSFBulls.com and it can be heard live on 820 AM and the Bulls Unlimited channel on iHeartRadio.





USF Bulls Head Basketball Coach Brian Gregory Talks About Getting Ready for the AAC Tournament Thursday in Memphis

USF will face UConn Thursday March 14th in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, TN. Coach Brian Gregory talks about his team’s readiness to play in the tournament.





SMU Defeats USF 77-71 Sunday in Regular Season Finale

(Tampa, FL) Ethan Chargois scored 19 points and had five rebounds to lead five SMU players in double figures as the Mustangs defeated USF 77-71 Sunday on Senior Day at the Yuengling Center.
Feron Hunt added 17 points and 14 rebounds off the bench and Jimmy Whitt Jr. finished with 14 points and three steals.

USF redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna recorded his league-leading 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. David Collins scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Justin Brown chipped in with 10 points and made two 3-pointers.

USF (19-12, 8-10) built its largest lead of the game midway through the first half on a free throw by Yetna to give the Bulls a 22-16 advantage, but SMU answered with a 15-2 run to go ahead 33-26 at the 2:19 mark. A three-pointer from Hunt with just over a minute remaining gave the Mustangs an eight-point lead at halftime.

SMU (14-16, 6-12) scored the first six points of the second half and would go on to shoot 63.6 percent over the final 20 minutes. The Mustangs missed just eight shots in the second half and led by as many as 15 points.

A three-pointer from Rashun Williams cut the deficit to seven points with 1:53 remaining, but SMU used back-to-back baskets go push its lead back into double digits. Collins converted a layup on the final USF possession and has now scored in double figures in 10 straight games.

The eighth-seeded Bulls will face No. 9 seed UConn Thursday at 1 p.m. (EST) in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN.





USF Bulls Defeat Tulane 75-70 Wednesday Night in New Orleans

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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).





UCF Defeats USF in War on I-4 75-63 in Tampa Wednesday Night

(Tampa, FL) Justin Brown scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers in a 75-63 setback against UCF Wednesday evening at a packed Yuengling Center that drew its largest crowd since 2012 with 7,231 fans filling the arena.

David Collins and Antun Maricevic each added 10 points for a USF team (18-10, 7-8) that is one win shy of tying a school record for the most home wins in a season.

Tacko Fall led UCF with 18 points and five rebounds, and B.J. Taylor added 15 points and five assists. Aubrey Dawkins chipped in with 14 points and Dayon Griffin finished with 12 points off the bench.

USF went on a 7-0 run late in the first half to turn a five-point deficit into a two-point advantage. Five points during the surge came from Brown, sandwiched around a three-pointer by Maricevic, as USF ahead, 28-26, with 4:37 before halftime. A layup from Taylor just before the halftime horn put the Knights ahead, 36-33, at the break.

UCF (21-6, 11-4) used a 14-3 run to begin the second half, capped on a dunk by Chad Brown, to build a 50-36 lead just over six minutes into play. A three-pointer from Collins midway through the half trimmed the lead to 10, but the Knights used free throws on their next two possessions to go ahead, 60-47.

USF got as close as eight points on a three-pointer from Brown with 3:52 remaining for its smallest deficit since the 17:06 mark of the half. UCF answered with two free throws from Taylor and a jumper by Dawkins to extend its lead back to 12 at 67-55.

The Knights would go on to lead by as many as 15 before Brown’s third 3-pointer just before the final buzzer gave UCF its final margin of victory.

“Central Florida is a very good basketball team that is also very balanced”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “They are very experienced and they know exactly what they need to get done. I thought we played well in the first half, not as good defensively as I would have liked, but at the same time really executed some really good stuff offensively.”

The Bulls continue league play Sunday at noon when the Bulls travel to UConn for a matchup televised by CBS Sports Network.





Houston Cougars Defeat USF Bulls 71-59 Saturday

(Houston, TX) David Collins was the lone Bull in double figures as USF’s offense couldn’t heat up against one of the nation’s toughest defenses in a 71-59 setback at No. 9/8 Houston on Saturday.

Collins finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists while USF (18-9, 7-7 in AAC) shot 31 percent from the field against the fifth-best scoring defense in the country (60.3 ppg). Houston (26-1, 13-1 in AAC) extended its nation-leading home winning streak to 33 games and won its 11th straight outing overall.

Freshman forward Michael Durr posted seven points and a game-high nine rebounds to help the Bulls finish with a 37-34 edge on the boards. Alexis Yetna added nine points and six rebounds in USF’s return to conference play after a 95-54 win over Florida College on Tuesday.

T.J. Lang made two of USF’s eight threes and finished with eight points. Justin Brown and Xavier Castaneda scored seven points apiece.

Collins led all scorers with eight points at the half while the Cougars took a 34-26 lead into the break after shooting 50 percent from the field.

Houston made its first four shots, including three from long range, to open the game with an 11-0 advantage. USF worked a double-digit deficit all the way down to one with 5:16 remaining in the period thanks to an 8-0 run that was sparked by threes by Castaneda and Brown.

Brown’s jumper with 4:04 left got the Bulls back within one before Houston closed the half on an 8-1 run. Brown made three of his first five shots and accounted for nearly half of the Bulls’ field goals in the first 20 minutes.

Just like the first half, Houston started off the second off fast with a 7-0 run that was stopped by Yetna’s three with 16:34 to play. Another three by Lang got the Bulls back within 12, but that’s as close as they would get the rest of the way against The American’s top defense.

USF returns to the Yuengling Center to host rival UCF on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.





USF Defeats ECU 72-68 in OT to Extend Winning Streak to 5

(Tampa, FL) Mayan Kiir’s big-time block before the buzzer sent things to overtime and USF took care of business at the free throw line down the stretch of a 72-68 victory over East Carolina on Sunday at the Yuengling Center.

USF (17-6, 7-4 in AAC) secured its first five-game winning streak in league play since the 1991-92 season by sinking 16 free throws after David Collins registered the Bulls’ final field goal with 6:09 left in regulation.

Collins finished with a game-high 21 points after making nine of 12 free throws, including three in overtime to help USF go 10-for-14 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes.
Star forward Alexis Yetna missed his second straight game with an injury and Kiir played a huge role in his place. In addition to making the defensive play of the game, the sophomore from Bradenton, Fla., scored eight of his career-high 13 points after USF headed into halftime trailing, 39-28.

Laquincy Rideau made a pair of clutch free throws to tie the game at 62-62 with 12 seconds left in regulation. The redshirt junior guard finished with 12 points and four assists while the Bulls posted their second five-game winning streak of the season, a program first since 1990-91.

Justin Brown added 10 points while freshman forward Michael Durr pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds as USF dominated on the boards by a 46-22 margin.

ECU (9-14, 2-9 AAC) knocked down six of its first eight threes on the way to building a 39-28 halftime lead. The Pirates opened the game with a 17-7 advantage after making their first four shots from long range.

USF answered the bell right after the break and used a 14-2 run to take a 47-45 lead with 12:17 to play. ECU jumped back ahead by three before USF fired back with a 7-0 run and Brown’s three spotted the Bulls a 54-50 advantage.

The Pirates took the lead back with 3:37 left in regulation and stayed ahead until Rideau’s game-tying free throws with 12 seconds remaining. USF pulled ahead for the final time with 1:53 left in overtime on a pair of free throws by Kiir and the Bulls’ defense limited ECU to a 2-for-8 shooting performance from the field in the final period.

“You’ve got to give our guys credit”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “They kind of dug in there in the second half and got just enough stops to put us in some offensive positions where we could score the ball finally and do what we do, which is defend. We didn’t score a basket for the last six minutes or in overtime, but we scored 16 points because we’re an aggressive, hard-charging team and we’ve gotten better shooting the free throws.”

USF travels to Orlando for a War on I-4 clash with rival UCF on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The 7 p.m. matchup will be televised on ESPNews.





USF Bulls Edge SMU 67-66 on Collins Clutch 3 Pointer

(Dallas, TX) David Collins sank a go-ahead three with six seconds remaining as USF stunned SMU, 67-66, Thursday night at Moody Coliseum.

Collins’ clutch shot helped USF (16-6, 6-4 in AAC) extend its winning streak to four games, the Bulls’ longest string of victories in league play since the magical 2011-12 season in the Big East. USF also improved to 10 games above .500 for the first time since March 1992.

Collins set up his game-winning shot with another three that tied the game at 64-64 with 1:12 remaining. The sophomore guard finished his heroic outing with a game-high 23 points and made three of USF’s season-high 11 threes.

Laquincy Rideau added 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds while making program history with his defense. The redshirt junior guard became USF’s new single-season steals leader with 69.

USF was without the services of star forward Alexis Yetna, who sat out with an injury. Freshman Michael Durr stepped up with eight points and grabbed a loose ball to help set up Collins’ game-winning shot.

Thursday’s back-and-forth first half featured 10 lead changes and USF seized the momentum just before the break with a 9-0 run that spotted the Bulls a 39-35 advantage.

Rideau sank one of his career high-tying four first-half threes during the late surge and led the Bulls with 13 points at the break on top of totaling six assists. Rideau also set the USF single-season steals record in the opening period.

Collins scored five of his 10 first-half points in the final two minutes and made four of his first seven shots. USF went 52 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and knocked down seven threes.

Xavier Castaneda’s steal-and-score put the Bulls up by eight with 5:08 remaining in the second half before SMU (12-10, 4-6 in AAC) went on an 11-0 run and took a 64-61 lead with 1:27 to play.
Collins’s second three of the game tied things up with 1:12 to play and his third bucket from long range, off a nice pass from Rideau, gave the Bulls the game-sealing bucket with six seconds to go.

“We set up a play to get a three, if it was available,” said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We weren’t going to force one. If they overplayed it, then we were going to try to attack the basket. That’s what we did the play before and David did a pretty good job.”

USF returns to the Yuengling Center to host East Carolina on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN3).





USF Tops Memphis 84-78 Saturday in Tampa for Third Straight Win

(Tampa, FL) Justin Brown scored a career-high 19 points and made five 3-pointers and USF held off a late Memphis rally on its way to an 84-78 victory over the Tigers on Saturday afternoon at the Yuengling Center.

Brown made three of his five three-pointers in the opening five minutes as USF scored the first 19 points of the game and led 27-1 before Memphis made its first field goal at the 10:11 mark on a three-pointer from Kyvon Davenport. USF held Memphis to just four field goals and led 38-13 at halftime to mark the third time this season the Bulls have held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in a half.

David Collins finished with 20 points, five rebounds and two steals and has scored at least 20 points in three of his four career games against Memphis. Laquincy Rideau added 15 points, four rebounds and two steals and tied the USF single-season steals record with his 68th of the season.

Jeremiah Martin led Memphis with 41 points and made 7-of-9 three-pointers and Davenport finished with 13 points of the bench.

A three-pointer from Tyler Harris with 4:18 left in the second half cut the USF lead to 69-60 to pull Memphis within single digits for the first time since the 16:46 mark of the first half. Memphis trimmed the deficit to six points twice in the final minutes on a three-pointer and layup by Martin, but Xavier Castaneda picked up a pass on the final Tiger possession to secure USF’s third straight victory.

USF (15-6, 5-4) shot over 50 percent in each half and finished 47.1 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.

“Memphis is really good”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “We talked all week long about how good they’ve been playing and about their ability to comeback or extend games because of their pressure. I thought the way we played in the first 15 minutes was the best we’ve played all year long.

The Bulls continue league play Thursday at 9 p.m. when the Bulls travel to Dallas, Texas, to face SMU at Moody Coliseum.





USF Bulls Defeat Wichita State 54-41 Tuesday Night in Tampa

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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.