USF men’s basketball defeated the Tulane Green Wave 80-75 last in New Orleans for their first conference win of the season and first win in 2018.
The Bulls (8-13, 1-7 AAC) led by as many as 23 points with seven minutes left before Tulane started their comeback attempt that fell just short. The Green Wave (12-8, 3-5 AAC) were able to cut the USF lead to just three with 18 seconds left in the game, but timely free throws from grad transfers Stephan Jiggetts and Terrence Samuel iced the game for the Bulls.
It took until February 11, 2017 for USF to earn their first conference win versus ECU, so this is an improvement. They also haven’t left anyone at the airport that we know of. #Brightside
Jiggetts led all scorers’ with 23 ponts on 6-of-11 shooting. He also added five assists and blocked a Green Wave three-pointer with four seconds left that would’ve cut the USF lead to two points.
Samuel (16 points, 12 rebounds) and wing Payton Banks (14 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded their first-career double-double. Freshman Justin Brown added ten points and seven rebounds.
The Bulls shot nearly 50% from the field but shot just 62% from the free throw line. They missed 14 free throws in the game, including 11 in the second half.
USF hadn’t won a game out of the state of Florida since December 1, 2016 against Troy before last night.
The Bulls will continue their road trip with a stop in Houston on Sunday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3