The Bulls, 1-4, got their first win of the season by beating Albany 63 to 61. The Bulls battled bad shooting and foul trouble throughout the game, rallying late to get that first win and avoid tying the worst start in program history.
USF shot 44% for the game (36% for Albany) but were just 1 for 11 from 3-point range. For the last 3 games, USF is 7 for 43 from 3-point range, which is just 16% (that’s bad, real bad). The Bulls did win the rebounding battle 40 to 38 and battled foul trouble with their big men to get the job done in the paint.
Roddy peters had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists (3 turnovers), and 2 steals in the game. Jaleel Cousins had his second double-double (back-to-back) with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and added 2 blocks. Angel Nunez had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Chris Perry had 8 points and 2 rebounds, with 2 of those points coming late after sitting most of the second half due to foul trouble. Nehemias Morillo had 6 points, 1 rebound and a block. Bo Zeigler had 6 points and 6 rebounds off the bench (may be dinged up a bit but did play). It was a gutsy win and it was much needed.
Now, things won’t get any easier for this team, in fact, it gets a lot tougher on Friday night (game is in Miami) as the Bulls take on the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats. It will be the first time Coach Antigua has gone up against his old program and a big game for the Bulls as they face one of the elite programs in the country.