DALLAS, JAN. 7, 2017 – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-8, 0-3 The American) made a season-high 11 three pointers on Saturday afternoon but it wasn’t enough as the Bulls were defeated 84-65 at SMU (14-3, 4-0).
Sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) piloted the Bulls’ offense with 20 points, a new season high. Holston also set a career-best with six treys, two shy of matching the program record.
The Bulls started strong with back-to-back threes from junior guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh) and freshman forward Malik Fitts (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) for an early 6-2 advantage.
Trailing 11-10, SMU went on an 18-3 surge midway through the opening half to take their first lead. The Mustangs built the edge up to double digits and entered halftime with a 14 point cushion.
USF started the second half by scoring 11 of the next 13 points, cutting the SMU lead down to five points, 46-41, at the 16:12 mark. The Mustangs followed the Bulls run with a 25-7 stretch on their way to the victory.
SMU made a season-high 15 three-pointers in the victory.
The Bulls’ 16 assists matched a season-high.
The +5 assist/turnover margin for USF was a season-best.
Redshirt freshman forward Tulio Da Silva (Brazil) finished 6-for-6, recording 12 points and nine rebounds. He finished one rebound shy of his third double-double.
Fitts ended the night with eight points and a career-best four assists.
Thorpe’s six assists were one shy of tying his career-high.
USF’s six made three pointers in the first half tied the season high for most in a single half (vs. Kennesaw State, Nov. 28).
The Bulls return home to host Tulane on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com. Fans out of town can catch the game on ESPNU.
About USF Men’s Basketball
The USF men’s basketball team is led by interim head coachMurry Bartow. Coach Bartow has served as a collegiate basketball coach for 30 seasons and boasts eight postseason tournaments, including four NCAA Tournaments.
USF has retired three numbers in its 46-year history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30) and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids and appeared in the NIT eight times. In the 2011-12 season, USF was one win away from an appearance in the Sweet 16.
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