(Tampa, FL) Alexis Yetna made more program history during his 13th double-double of the season while USF advanced to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals with a 66-57 victory over Utah Valley in Tampa Monday night.
USF (21-13) now gets to host a third CBI game against Loyola Marymount Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center in Tampa.
Yetna helped the Bulls advance by posting a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds on a memorable night for the star forward. USF’s freshman rebounding record-holder became the fifth Bull in school history to grab at least 300 boards in a season and now ranks fourth on USF’s all-time chart with 308. The Bulls also set the school’s new single-season rebounding record with 1,322.
Sophomore David Collins followed up his 31-point, seven-steal performance in the first round of the CBI with 17 points and five steals in Monday’s quarterfinal against Utah Valley (25-10).
Redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau added 14 points and four steals to help extend USF’s first postseason run since 2012.
Monday’s first-ever meeting between USF and Utah Valley was close at the break before the Bulls pulled away in the second half to set the school’s new season record for home wins with 16.
USF used a 7-0 run to grab an eight-point advantage, but Utah Valley responded with a 7-0 run of its own to cut the Bulls’ lead to 33-32 by halftime. On top of passing the 300-rebound mark, Yetna had a perfect 15-point first half by going 6-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Up by two after the break, Collins made two straight three-pointers and Antun Maricevic added another to spark a 16-2 run that pumped the Bulls’ lead up to 16 points with less than six minutes remaining. The Wolverines didn’t get back within single digits until the final seconds.
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