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.
THAT’S A WINNER!!!#TakeNotice pic.twitter.com/Xglg3fVnsF— USF Men's Basketball (@USFMBB) December 7, 2019
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.