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Good News: USF Men’s Basketball Returned to Action. Bad News: They Face No. 8 Houston, and lost 82-65

Couldn’t have picked a worse team to return against.

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After 32 long days due to COVID issues within the program, the South Florida Bulls men’s basketball team returned to action on Wednesday versus No. 8 Houston, and lost 82-65.

The Bulls (7-6, 3-4 AAC) started the game off hot, knocking down seven of their first 11 shots to put some pressure on the Cougars. Unfortunately for the Bulls, Houston could not miss, and showed why they are the No. 8 team in the nation.

The game was tied at 27 with under seven minutes left in the first half before Houston began to pull away as they took an eight-point lead into the break. Things got worse from there for the Bulls.

Houston’s (17-2, 11-2 AAC) lead ballooned to 28 midway through the second half thanks to Quentin Grimes’ 19 points, he finished with 29 on the night. USF did make a run to cut the lead to 15 with four minutes left, but the writing was on the wall.

It was good effort in their first game back. David Collins paced the Bulls with 18 points, and added five rebounds, and four assists. Center Michael Durr added 14 points, and 8 rebounds.

USF welcomes in Tulane on Sunday at 2 p.m. The contest will be on ESPNU.