It wasn’t pretty, but the Bulls were able to dig deep with a limited bench to beat Hofstra 71 to 70 to run their record to 4-1 to start the year. USF was down 15 at one point in the 2nd half of this game, but they dug deep and got the win in the final seconds. For a young team, this is a huge moment for them moving forward.
USF shot 52% from the field, going 31 for 59%. They were just 3 for 8 from the free throw line (37%) a huge area of concern. Hofstra played a lot of zone and kept USF from attacking the paint, but they have to get better in the post (pointing at Jaleel Cousins and others). USF was out-rebounded 33 to 35 as well, pointing again to the need to get better in the paint for USF. The Bulls had 10 turnovers compared to 14 for Hofstra, taking better care of the ball in this game as they got the upper hand in the last seconds.
Anthony Collins had a masterful game with 8 points, 12 assists (4 TOs), 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. His return has been everything for the USF offense. Corey Allen had his best game of the year with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Nehemias Morillo had a career best 15 points and 6 rebounds. Chris Perry had 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. He was clutch late. Jaleel Cousins had 4 points, 2 rebounds and 3 blocks (still waiting for him to find his game). Dinero Mercurius had 5 points and 3 rebounds. Bo Zeigler had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks as well. USF had a limited bench with Troy Holston and Dre Clayton both out, but they came through at the end to get the victory.
It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t perfect, but for the young Bulls, its a win. They were banged up, battled foul trouble, and couldn’t get to the free throw line (or win the rebounding battle) but they got the win. For Coach Antigua and his young squad, this was a great win and just another building block for the future. USF will host Jacksonville on Saturday at 2 PM as they try to get another one.