(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).
(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).
(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.”
(Tampa, FL) USF dropped consecutive conference games for the first time since the end of the 2014 season with a 41-15 setback against Tulane on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.
Tulane (4-5, 3-2 in AAC) took control of the game with 34 straight points after USF (7-2, 3-2 in AAC) started with a 3-0 lead. The Bulls’ nation-leading streak of consecutive 20-plus point games was snapped at 38.
Quarterback Blake Barnett completed 29 of 49 attempts for 332 yards and was the Bulls leading rusher in the game with 59 yards.
Tulane headed into halftime with a 27-3 lead after scoring 27 unanswered points, including 20 in the second quarter.
USF started the scoring in the middle of the opening quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Coby Weiss The 65-yard drive was sparked by Barnett’s career long 39-yard run on USF’s first offensive play of the game.
Following USF’s third turnover of the game, Darius Bradwell’s 73-yard touchdown run helped extend the Green Wave lead to 34-3 with 3:48 remaining in the third quarter. USF answered back about three minutes later with Ford’s eighth rushing touchdown run of the season from 5 yards out.
USF’s rally continued with a 1-yard touchdown run by Barnett that cut the deficit to 34-15 with 9:26 remaining. The touchdown was set up by a 31-yard reception by junior Darnell Salomon, who finished with three catches for 54 yards.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Andrew Mims recovered a fumble in USF territory on Tulane’s next drive, but the Bulls couldn’t complete their fourth double-digit fourth quarter comeback of the season.
USF returns to the road for a two-game stretch that begins with a test at Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7PM ET.
USF’s next home game is a War on I-4 clash with rival UCF in the Bulls’ regular season finale on Friday, Nov. 23 (time TBA).
(Tampa, FL) Following its first loss since November of 2017, the Bulls return to Raymond James Stadium, where they have won 20 of their last 23 games, to face Tulane for the second time in program history. The Bulls won the first meeting, 34-28, last year in New Orleans in a game that saw a combined 920 yards of offense. The last time the Bulls lost back-to-back games was four seasons ago, losing three straight in September of 2015 to No. 8 Florida State, Maryland and Memphis (also the last time the Bulls lost more than one game in the same month). The Bulls have not lost back-to-back conference games since the last two games of 2014, falling to Memphis and UCF.
USF running backs coach Shaun King is one of the all-time greats in Tulane football history and was inducted into their Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. A four-year starter at QB, he led the Green Wave to a 12-0 record in 1998 and finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting. The school honored the 20th anniversary of that unbeaten team, which finished the season ranked No. 7 nationally, this past September. King played with a broken left wrist in a soft cast during that season and the Green Wave defeated BYU, 41-27, in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve. King was the first player in NCAA history to throw for 3,000+ and run for 500+ in the same season.
USF is one of 18 teams nationally with one loss or less on the year. Four of those teams reside in The American, tied with the SEC for the most nationally. USF plays the other three (Houston, Cincinnati & UCF) among its last five games.
USF has won 20 of its last 23 home games, with 15 wins coming by two touchdowns or more.
Jordan Cronkrite enters Saturday’s game needing just 67 yards to post the ninth 1,000-yard rushing season in program history and become the fifth USF player to achieve the mark.
Saturday will be USF’s annual Salute to Service game with the Bulls wearing helmet decals to honor those that have served in the nation’s armed forces and first responders. The pregame coin toss will be conducted by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Dennis Kelly (retired), a Vietnam veteran and father of USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly. The “Hero of the Game” will be Major Sergeant Marty Davenport, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), one of the last soldiers to leave Vietnam during the fall of Saigon.
Blake Barnett enters Saturday’s game with 2,078 passing yards and ranked 22nd nationally passing for 259.8 ypg. Barnett is well on pace to set a USF passing record and post the first 3,000-yard passing season in program history. The season passing mark is currently held by Quinton Flowers (2017) and Matt Grothe (2008) at 2,911 yards. Barnett has passed for 200-plus yards in 7-of-8 games on the year and is on pace to challenge the season record for 200-yard passing games set by Marquel Blackwell with 10 in 2001.
Barnett is completing 62.7 percent of his passes. The season completion percentage record is 63.7 percent posted by Matt Grothe in 2006.
Barnett has 160 completions and is averaging 20 per game. That puts him on pass to challenge the season pass completions record of 258 set by Marquel Blackwell in 2001.
USF is riding a program record-tying string of six straight games with a 100-yard rusher, equaling the mark set in 2016 by a combination of Quinton Flowers, Marlon Mack and Darius Tice.
USF ranks 6th nationally averaging 6.0 yards per rushing attempt, an improvement over last season’s 5.2 ypa, and is averaging 6.4 ypa over the last three games.
After averaging 174 ypg on the ground in the first four games of 2018, with a high of 215, the Bulls are averaging 291 ypg on the ground over the last four games, rushing for 250-plus in every game, and now rank 16th nationally in rushing (233.4 ypg).
The Bulls have posted six straight games with a 100-yard rusher, with Jordan Cronkrite posting a string of five straight that ended at Houston and Johnny Ford riding a current string of two straight.
Game broadcast information:
TV: CBS Sports Network
• Play-by-Play: Dave Ryan
• Analyst: Corey Chavous
• Sideline Reporter: –
RADIO: USF Radio Network
• Play-by-Play: Jim Louk
• Analyst: Sam Barrington
• Sideline Reporter: Joey Johnston
• In Tampa: 820 AM / 96.7 FM
• Digital: iHeart Radio – Bulls Unlimited Channel