The Bulls, 3-8, won 88 to 75 over Jacksonville. USF dominated in the first half, using the size of their front court to take over the game and ran away late in the game. This feels good to get back into the win column.
In the first half, the Bulls were up 44 to 25 as they put together one of their most impressive first halves on the season. USF shot 64% from the field and were 6 for 11 from 3-point range. USF also held the rebounding edge at 25 to 9 as the front court of the Bulls dominated. In the second half, Jacksonville brought it within single digits, but the Bulls held on and extended the lead late. For the game, the Bulls shot 63% from the field (held the Dolphins to 40%) and were 9 for 16 from 3-point range (that is rare because they were 9 for 50 in the previous 3-games). They won the rebounding battle 45 to 21 overall. The Bulls did have 21 turnovers to 9 for the Dolphins, so that was an issue, but the Bulls were able to overcome that.
Jaleel Cousins had 13 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Jahmal McMurray had 22 points (6 for 9 from 3-point range), 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Chris Perry had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Angel Nunez had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Nehemias Morillo had 14 points and 5 assists. Ruben Guerrero had 4 points and 4 rebounds. Luis Santos had 5 points and 4 rebounds in increased playing time. It was a solid night for the USF front court to dominate this game.
The Bulls will host UAB on Saturday (game begins at 7 PM) as they try to get another win under their belts during this tough season.