The Bulls, 0-2, fell 60 to 57 to NJIT in the second game of the season. USF had the lead at half time and for most of the second half, but the Highlanders went on several runs including a late one to take the game away from the Bulls.
The Bulls shot 39% for the game while holding NJIT to 31% for the game (USF started the game shooting 34% in the first half). USF also won the rebounding battle 40 to 36 after NJIT had the edge in the first half. USF was just 6 for 22 from 3-point range in this game (27%) and are now 16 for 53 (30%) through the first two games. The Bulls also committed 21 turnovers to just 14 for NJIT. It was not a pretty game for this team, especially late.
Chris Perry had 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Roddy Peters, getting the start, had 13 points, 10 assists (4 turnovers, including a key one late), 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Nehemias Morillo had 3 points on 1 for 5 from 3-point range and added 4 rebounds. Angel Nunez had 14 points and 5 rebounds, but dealt with foul trouble and was hurt late (seems to be OK). Bo Zeigler had 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Jahmal McMurray had 14 points (3 for 8 from 3-point range), 4 rebounds, and 3 turnovers. Jaleel Cousins had 3 points, 6 rebounds, and a team high 5 blocks against a smaller NJIT lineup. Ruben Guerrero made his debut with 2 points (0 for 2 shooting) and added 5 rebounds in the game off the bench.
Well, this game was not fun and the struggles continue for this rebuilding program. The Bulls will return to action on Thursday night against George Washington (game begins at 7 PM) as they try to bounce back and get that elusive first victory of the 2015-16 season. Let’s hope it happens, pretty please?