The Bulls, 3-10, continued their long season, falling 66 to 49 to Seton Hall on the road. USF had a bad shooting night from the very start and just did not have enough in the tank to catch up to the Pirates as Coach Antigua and his team lost another one.
In the first half, USF was down 33 to 19, but went nearly 10 minutes before they scored their first points. The Bulls shot 31% compared to 41% for the Pirates. USF was down 17 to 19 in total rebounds and had 9 turnovers compared to just 4 for Seton Hall. To end the game, USF shot 34% from the field (2 for 10 from 3-point range) and allowed the Pirates to hit 44% from the field. USF won the overall rebounding battle at 40 to 39, but managed just 9 assists to 21 from Seton Hall. USF also had 15 turnovers to just 8 for Seton Hall. USF could not move the ball on offense and the ability to create shots and get players open on the court did not come easy.
Jahmal McMurray had 10 points, 5 assists (2 turnovers), and 5 rebounds. Jaleel Cousins and Chris Perry combined for just 3 points on 1 for 10 shooting with 6 rebounds. I had said before the big time hitters had to step up in the game and it just did not happen for these two. Angel Nunez had 19 points to lead USF with 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Nehemias Morillo had 5 points on 2 for 8 shooting with 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Bo Zeigler had 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Luis Santos had 8 points, all on free throws (I think that is his early career high) and added 8 rebounds. It just wasn’t enough on offense for this game.
USF will return home to host Houston on Wednesday the 30th (game begins at 2 PM). Maybe a few days off are what this team needs at this point. Things are rough right now and it doesn’t get any easier with conference play beginning.