The Bulls, 2-5, won 67 to 57 over Savannah State as USF got back in the win column. It was a close game most of the way, but the Bulls were able to pull away late and hang on for the much needed win.
In the first half, the Bulls led 26 to 22 but were losing the rebounding edge at 21 to 22. To close out the game, USF shot 48% compared to 35% against them. USF lost the rebounding battle at 36 to 37, but had just 9 turnovers to 11 for Savannah State. USF hit their shots down the stretch and were able to play great defense to keep Savannah State off the board late in the game.
Roddy Peters had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists (better game compared to his performance against Kentucky). Jahmal McMurray had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in the start. Chris Perry had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Jaleel Cousins had 13 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 5 steals. He continues to impress on the offensive end of the court for the Bulls, which is a great sign for the USF offense. Angel Nunez had 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Nehemias Morillo had 8 points off the bench. Luis Santos saw his first action of the year, playing 7 minutes, and recording 2 rebounds. It was a solid game for the Bulls from start to finish.
The Bulls will travel to take on Delaware on Thursday night (game begins at 7 PM). Let’s hope they take the momentum after this game and make it two in a row for Coach Antigua. If they can get a road win on Thursday, it could help turn around this rough start to the season.