USF men’s basketball welcomed the Wichita State Shockers to the American Athletic Conference by letting them score at will Sunday afternoon in a 95-57 loss at Charles Koch Arena.
The Bulls (7-10, 0-4 AAC) were over-matched from the tip against the ninth-ranked Shockers and to make matters worse, leading scorer Payton Banks missed his third game in four games due to an illness.
Redshirt junior Malik Martin led all Bulls with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He also chipped in five rebounds.
“I thought (he) gave us a big lift, great energy out there,” USF head coach Brian Gregory said. “I challenged him. We need him to rebound a little better, but I like the way he played. I like his energy level.”
Fourteen different Shockers got playing time in the lopsided game as WSU shot over 60% from the field and from three as six different players hit from beyond the arc.
With eight minutes left in the first half, men’s basketball has as many turnovers as points (8).#GoBulls— Nathan Bond (@BullsNathanSBN) January 7, 2018
Turnovers continue to plague a team with three graduate transfers and multiple upperclassmen. USF will continue to get run out of the gym if turnovers pile up like they did today. The Bulls finished with 18 turnovers and just 20 made field goals.
Not great, Bob.
The Bulls next host Cincinnati January 13 at the Sun Dome.
- 7’1” center Nikola Scekic had more made three-pointers (2) than rebounds (1).
- Freshman guard David Collins scored 12 points and shot 50% from the field.