The Bulls, 2-7, fell 81 to 63 to South Carolina on the road as their struggles continue. USF made it closer in the second half (Compared to the first half), but bad shooting and turnovers haunted them once again.
USF shot 32% for the first half and ended the game shooting 35% from the field. South Carolina on the other hand ended the game shooting 47% from the field (USF could not stop them). The Bulls were just 2 for 15 from 3-point range and over the past 4 games are just 12 for 55 from long range. The Bulls did win the rebounding battle at 46 to 32, but committed 19 turnovers in the game, hurting their chances. USF outscored SC 41 to 28 in the second half, but the 53 to 22 mark after the first half put the Bulls too far back to rally from.
Chris Perry had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Jaleel Cousins posted his 4th double-double of the year with 13 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Nehemias Morillo had 13 points (1 for 7 from 3-point range) with 2 assists and 5 rebounds. Roddy Peters had 7 points, 6 rebounds, but had 7 turnovers with no assists (that’s not good). Ruben Guerrero had 9 points, 10 rebounds, a block and a steal. Jahmal McMurray had 11 points (just 1 for 5 from 3-point range) and added a steal and a rebound to round out the top scorers for this game. The turnovers and off shooting just put the Bulls in too deep of a hole to dig out of and it led to another loss.
The Bulls will return home on the 13th as they host NC State. Maybe a week off is what this team needs right now because things have not been great for this club in the first month of the season.