The Bulls, 2-8, fell 65 to 46 to NC State as the bad start to the season continues. As Joey Knight notes, the 2-8 start matches the worst start in program history in the first 10 games to begin a season. It hasn’t been pretty.
In the first half, the Bulls were down 35 to 15 as the team had more turnovers than field goals. In the second half, the Bulls shot better and end the game shooting 29% overall compared to 36% for the Wolfpack (USF outscored NC State in the second half 31 to 30). USF was just 2 for 12 from 3-point range as their struggles continue. The Bulls lost the rebounding battle at 41 to 51 and had 14 turnovers compared to 9 for NC State. It was ugly for the Bulls on the offense and the Wolfpack took advantage of that to get the victory.
Angel Nunez had 5 points and 3 rebounds. Ruben Guerrero had 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the start. Jahmal McMurray had 13 points (1 for 5 shooting from 3-point range) with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Nehemias Morillo had 10 points and 1 steal in the game. Jaleel Cousins had 8 points, 12 rebounds, and a block off the bench. It was a rough game for the Bulls from the field and Roddy Peters was injured and missed most of the second half, giving Coach Antigua something else to worry about as he tries to rally his team and get out of this funk.
The Bulls will next host Jacksonville on Wednesday night (game begins at 7 PM) and it will be another chance to get back in the win column. The quest for 10 continues for this team and that goal could be a tough one to reach.