The Bulls rallied late but just didn’t have enough in the tank as they fell 75 to 62 to FSU. The loss puts the losing streak up to 5 games for the Bulls (5-6) as they continue to struggle to find consistency on offense. This was just a game that was too much for the young Bulls down the stretch.
USF shot just 36% from the field while the Noles shot 49% for the entire game. The Bulls were 12 of 14 from the free throw line, a major improvement. But they were outrebounded 37 to 39 during the game as Jaleel Cousins and Ruben Guerrero were ineffective throughout the game in the paint. USF was 2 for 6 from 3-point range, putting them at 4 for 35 in the last 3 games, an awful number that will have to improve moving forward.
Anthony Collins was aggressive in this game, scoring 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals (not that effective with just 1 assist). Dinero Mercurius had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals as he got his 2nd consecutive start of the year. Chris Perry had a hard day, shooting just 1 for 13 (2 points) and pulling down 8 rebounds while battling foul trouble from the start. Corey Allen Jr. was the story on offense, scoring 31 points and adding 3 rebounds and 4 steals. He kept the Bulls in the game as they came within 2 points in the 2nd half, but just ran out of steam down the stretch.
USF will try to snap this 5-game losing streak as they host Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday (game begins at 1 PM). If they can’t win that game, things will get real ugly with conference play coming.