The Bulls beat IUP 77 to 72 in exhibition play to start the 2014-15 season. USF didn’t have their two big men in this game, Chris Perry and Ruben Guerrero, making life a little tough but they came through in the end.
USF shot 43% from the field in this game and was 5 for 16 from 3-point range, good for 31%. The Bulls moved the ball well at times, showing the more up-tempo style everyone has been talking about. There were issues with shooting and overall execution, but it was the first game for so many new players, it was to be expected. USF was out-rebounded 33 to 35, something they will have to get straightened out before the opener against Flagler. But not having Perry and Guerrero for the paint was part of the issue there.
Jaleel Cousins had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in his debut at center. Corey Allen Jr. shot 6 of 12 for 17 points and pulled down 2 rebounds. The big game came from Anthony Collins who led the way with 22 points (12 for 12 from the free throw line) while adding 4 assists (5 turnovers), and 5 rebounds. He took some shots late in the game and will have to be careful with his health moving forward. Bo Ziegler had 2 points and 4 rebounds. Nehemias Morillo had 5 points and 6 rebounds. Troy Holston (I’m watching him closely) had 8 points and 4 rebounds in his debut. Dre Clayton had 7 points and 3 rebounds.
Overall it was a solid win for the Bulls. They were able to get on the court for a live game against a solid opponent (ranked 9th in DII) and get things moving. Not having Perry and Guerrero limited Coach Antigua with what he could do in the paint, but they came through. Allen looked sharp, Collins was Collins, and the others made solid impressions in their first game at USF. Now they will prepare for the opener vs. Flagler on Friday at 7 PM.