The South Florida Bulls men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 26-6 first-half run by the Boston College Eagles, and dropped their first game of the season 74-70 on Sunday inside the Yuengling Cetner.
Should’ve known it was going to be a rough game after Olivia dropped her hot dog before the game even started.
The Bulls got off to a promising start leading 26-17 with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half before that run by the Eagles—aided by ten consecutive misses by USF— punctuated by a corner three from Nik Popovic at the buzzer gave BC an 11-point lead heading into halftime.
USF tried to cut into the lead early in the second half with two straight buckets, but BC kept answering back, never allowing the Bulls to cut into the deficit. The Bulls trailed by double digits for the final 16 minutes of the game.
Boston College shot 50% from the field for the game, and 58% in the second half, but only managed to extend the lead by three points largely due to the 18 turnovers they had. Junior guard David Collins had a game-high seven steals, while five other Bulls recorded at least two steals.
“We played really hard,” head coach Brian Gregory said. “But, we got over-juiced on defense.”
USF will face IUPUI on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Yuengling Center.
- David Collins scored a team-high 19 points.
- Laquincy Rideau had 14 points before fouling out.
- Oklahoma State transfer Zach Dawson tied a career-high with 11 points.
- USF was outrebounded 38-29.