The Bulls, 2-6, fell 67 to 58 to Delaware. USF rallied late in the second half to make it close on the road, but Delaware proved to be too much as the rough shooting for the Bulls continued.
In the first half, the Bulls were down 33 to 19 and lost the rebounding battle 18 to 25 as the shooting woes continued for this club. For the game, USF shot 37% compared to 30% for the Blue Hens. The Bulls did lose the rebounding battle though at 34 to 48 as the big men for USF got into foul trouble late. USF was also 5 for 23 from 3-point range, as they tried to come back late by hoisting the long range shots. In the last 3 games, USF is 10 for 40 from long range. That is bad.
Roddy Peters had 14 points and 3 assists in the game, but did commit 5 turnovers. Chris Perry had 4 points and 6 rebounds in a bad shooting night. Angel Nunez had 7 points (just 1 for 8 from 3-point range) with 9 rebounds. Jaleel Cousins had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks (foul trouble hurt him late in the game). Jahmal McMurray had 7 points (1 for 7 from 3-point range) and added a steal. It was just a bad night from the field for the Bulls and the Blue Hens did enough late to run away with the game despite the USF rally to make it close in the second half.
The Bulls will head to South Carolina on Saturday (game begins at 4 PM) for their next battle. Things have not been great to start the year. Let’s hope for a road upset to help them get back in the win column (how about we hit a 3 point shot a few more times, please).