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USF Men’s Basketball Triumphs Over Dartmouth 63-44

Despite the slow start, the Bulls cruise past the Big Green to move over .500 on the season.

Robert Steeg / The Daily Stampede

USF men’s basketball used a strong second half performance on Friday to defeat Dartmouth 63-44, moving to 5-4 on the season before the break for exams.

The Bulls stifled the Big Green in the second half, holding Dartmouth to well below their season average on field goal percentage.

The Bulls had a sluggish start to the game, missing their first five shots before Xavier Castañeda hit a three at the 15:55 mark in the first half. The Bull’s sluggish start was matched by Dartmouth, who hit their first field goal at the 11:43 mark to knot the game at 5-5.

Luckily for both teams, the second half erupted with points and scoring chances lead by sophomore Zack Dawson and senior Antun Maricevic. Dawson went three-for-five on three pointers in the second half, while Maricevic scored 10 points to help the Bulls pull away from Dartmouth.

Junior David Collins had a game-high 13 points and while senior Laquincy Rideau had a balanced night, scoring nine points, collecting five rebounds, and forcing four steals. Junior Justin Brown is one three pointer away from entering top 10 all-time in made threes after making two on the evening.

USF men’s basketball will take a break from games while the team focuses on exams before returning back to the Yuengling Center on December 15th against Drexel.