The Bulls got their first win of the year in the opener, beating Flagler College 75 to 61. USF (1-0) led 45 to 27 at the half and were able to hang on throughout the second half and were able to get the win. There were some issues throughout the game, but they were expected for this young team in the first real action of the year.
The Bulls led at half 45 to 27 and were shooting 50% to 28%. USF dominated that half and were able to control the pace of the game. In the 2nd half, USF was pretty slopping shooting just 9 for 27 in the half. Overall, USF held the edge in shooting, 43% to 33%. They were just 21 for 32 from the free throw line, something they have to clean up. They out-rebounded the Saints 49 to 41 and did not have Ruben Guerrero for this game (groin injury). They had 16 turnovers compared to 17 assists, a huge issues they have to clean up moving forward.
Anthony Collins had 8 points, 7 assists (3 turnovers), and 3 rebounds in the game (looked sharp). Corey Allen Jr. had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Nehmias Morillo had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his first collegiate game. Jaleel Cousins had 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Chris Perry, coming off the bench for this game (missed the exhibition opener due to a knee injury), led the team with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and had 2 blocks. Bo Zeigler had 4 points and 4 rebounds. Dre Clayton added 8 points and 4 rebounds and Troy Holston had 6 points and 4 rebounds.
For the first game of the year with a team with only 3 players with DI experience, everything went well overall to get the win. The team was sloppy in the 2nd half, the shooting was off and free throw shooting was not sharp, but everything is fixable. At the end of the day, they got the win, enough to be said. The Bulls will play Sunday at 2 PM against Jackson State as they try to make it 2 in a row to start the year. Let’s see if they can build off of this first win of the year.