The Bulls, 3-11 (0-1), fell 73 to 67 to Houston today. USF came within a point late, but turnovers doomed them from at the end of this game.
In the first half, USF and Houston were tied at 34 all. USF shot 52% (46% for the Cougars) and had the edge in rebounding at 18 to 12. Jahmal McMurray led USF with 13 points as his long range shooting kept the Bulls in this game for the first 20 minutes (was limping off the court at the end of the first half, though). To end the game, USF shot 43% compared to 42% for Houston. The Bulls also won the rebounding battle at 45 to 23, but they committed 20 turnovers (!!!) to just 6 for Houston, giving the Cougars easy baskets from start to finish. Its what doomed them in this game.
Chris Perry had 19 points (11 for 12 at the free throw line), 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. McMurray (who was fine in the second half), had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Angel Nunez had 8 points and 6 rebounds, but did have 7 turnovers. Jaleel Cousins had 3 points (0 for 7 shooting), and 10 rebounds. Bo Zeigler had 4 points and 3 rebounds in the spot start. Ruben Guerrero had 3 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Nehemias Morillo had 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists, but had 6 turnovers. The Bulls hit their shots, made defensive stops, and were in this game in the final minutes. But, sadly, they had too many turnovers. For a team that is always an underdog (or at least its seems that way), they can not afford sloppy play and it cost them today.
The Bulls will head to Dallas to take on SMU on Saturday evening (game begins at 7:30 PM). The Mustangs are one of the best teams in the AAC and ranked in the top 25. If the turnover-bug follows USF on the road, it could be another really long night for this team.