PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Dominique Jones played the game of his life as he scored 46 points to break the school's single-game scoring record in leading the University of South Florida men's basketball team to a 109-105 overtime victory over Providence Saturday night.
Jones became only the second player ever at USF to go for 40 or more points, breaking Charlie Bradley's previous school record of 42 points set Dec. 10, 1982. He also ended the night two points short of tying the all-time BIG EAST record of 48 points set by Eric Murdock of Providence who had 48 against Pitt exactly 19 years ago today.
Jones went 15-of-23 from the floor and 14-of-18 from the free throw line while also adding 10 rebounds in playing all 45 minutes. He came just short of his first career triple double after also posting eight assists.
USF (12-7 overall, 2-5 BIG EAST) also got solid scoring efforts from senior Mike Mercer and junior Jarrid Famous, who added 19 and 17, respectively, in front of more than 9,000 people at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
The Bulls shot 52.7 percent from the floor on the night, including 60 percent (21-of-35) in the second half, while also going 27-of-38 (71.1 percent) from the free throw line. Providence (11-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) hit 52.9 percent of its shots, while also hitting 11-of-25 3-pointers (44.0 percent).
The Friars had three players score more than 20 points, led by Jamine Peterson with 26. Providence held a 27-3 edge in bench points, while USF had a 66-50 advantage in points in the paint.
Thanks to the heroics of freshman Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, the Bulls were able to send the game into overtime after nearly coming up short in the last seconds of regulation. USF erased a nine-point deficit with less than 45 seconds remaining in the second half.
Senior Ryan Kardok battled for the loose ball on the right wing for the steal off the Friar inbound pass before getting it to Jones, who fed it to Howard before Howard found Fitzpatrick. The rookie forward knocked down his second career three with .2 seconds left on the clock with three defenders around him to tie it up, 95-95.
Jones hit a 3-pointer to begin the overtime period, and USF led the rest of the way, hitting 7-of-10 free throws in the extra stanza.
Jones hit back-to-back free throws to put USF ahead, 104-99, with just over a minute remaining. Jones sank 3-of-4 free throws with under 10 seconds remaining to put the game away. Jones scored nine of USF's 14 points in overtime.
Fitzpatrick put USF up by four early in the first half after grabbing a pair of offensive rebounds, breaking up a pass on the defensive end, then finishing the sequence up with a 2-handed dunk for a 12-8 lead at 15:33.
Providence, though, would respond with an 18-8 run to go up, 26-18, with 11:13 left on the clock in the first half.
After being ahead by eight later in the half at 31-23 with just under seven minutes remaining, USF would slowly chip away at the lead as sophomore Anthony Crater hit a jumper at the 2:32 mark to put the Bulls up, 37-36. Providence scored seven of the half's last nine points to go into the half leading 43-39.
A layup by Mercer at 14:44 of the second half allowed USF to cut the deficit to its lowest of the second stanza at two with 14:44 showing on the clock.
An 18-5 run from that point forward for the Friars over the next four minutes all of a sudden meant USF would have to overcome a 15-point deficit down 69-54.
Jones helped USF get the Friar lead down to five at 5:04 when he hit back-to-back free throws for a 78-73 Providence lead. Jones scored 24 second-half points on the night.
After USF called a 30-second timeout with 2:40 left, Providence seemed to be on the verge of putting the game away when Peterson slammed home a dunk to put the Friars up, 88-75, with 2:14 left in the second half.
But USF would not quit, as a pair of free throws by Famous got USF to 90-83 with 53 seconds remaining. Howard sank a 3-pointer as the Bulls scored 14 points in that last minute of play, ending with Fitzpatrick's 3-pointer with less than a second left to send it to overtime. Jones added a layup and jumper with less than 20 seconds to play to help USF get to that last second shot.
The Bulls return to action Thursday night at home in the Sun Dome when USF hosts Seton Hall at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
- USF scored a season high 109 points against Providence. The Bulls' previous high was 78 against FAU on Nov. 27, 2009. The last time USF scored 100 in the regular season was Nov. 17, 2007, when USF knocked down 100 against FAU.
- USF outrebounded PC 40-36. Heading into the game, the Friars led the league in offensive rebounds, averaging 42.0 per game.
- For the second straight game USF has committed less turnovers than its season average, as the Bulls had 11 on the night against the Friars. USF now averages 13.6 per game.
- The contest marked USF's first OT game of the season. The last time USF won an overtime game was Nov. 27, 2006 when the Bulls beat Stetson, 77-72. USF lost its previous two overtime games before Providence.
- USF scored 56 points in the second half, the first time scoring 50 or more points in a half since Nov. 17, 2007, when USF had 52 points against FAU in the first half.
- After hitting their first three of the game at 6:07 left in the second half, USF went on to hit four long balls in the game, shooting 4-of-14 overall.
- The game marked the eighth-highest point total ever for USF. The record is 120 points scored against UCF back in the mid-70s. It was the Bulls' highest point total since Jan. 5, 2002, when USF put up 117 points against TCU in an overtime contest.
- The 214 points also marked the second-highest combined total points scored in a game. The most points scored ever between USF and another team was 225, in the 117-108 win against TCU.
- USF won just its third BIG EAST road game since joining the league prior to the 2005-06 season. USF stands 3-35 all-time in BIG EAST road games.
- Freshman Toarlyn Fitzpatrick hit his second three of the season to send the Bulls to their first overtime game of the season.
- Dominique Jones set the single game scoring record in a game, passing Charlie Bradley's 42 against Florida State on Dec. 10, 1982. It was also only the second time ever a player for USF has scored 40 or more points.
- With 46 points against Providence, junior guard Dominique Jones set his season and career high for points. His previous season high was 30 at Syracuse on Jan. 10, while his previous career high was 36 against Iona on Dec. 27, 2008.
- Jones also ended his night two points short of tying the BIG EAST single-game record. The BIG EAST record is held by Eric Murdock of Providence, who scored 48 points against Pitt exactly 19 year ago on Jan. 23, 1991. Murdock also owns the third-highest game by a BIG EAST player when he hit for 45 against Arizona.
- He also scored the third-most in a game this season in Division I behind Arkansas' Rotnei Clarke, who had 51 in a game against Alcorn State, and BYU's Jimmer Fredette, who had 49 against Arizona.
- Jones has scored 30 points or more in nine games with the Bulls, three times as a rookie, four games his sophomore season and now twice as a junior.
- Jones is averagine 28.5 points per game over his last six contests.
- Jones also scored 29 in his last meeting with Providence on Feb. 10, 2009.
- Jones scored 24 points in the second half for the second time this season after also knocking down 24 in the second half against Syracuse on Jan. 10.
- Jones was two assists shy of a triple double, as he also posted 10 rebounds along with his 46 points. The last player to hit for a triple double was McHugh Mattis, who had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks on Dec. 7, 2006 at Winston Salem State.
- With 6:07 left in the game, Jones hit USF's first three pointer, drawing the score to 78-69.
- With 46 points, Jones moved into sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,491 points, surpassing Tony Grier's 1,475. He now trails Chucky Atkins, who scored 1,619 from 1993-96.
- Jones knocked down 14-of-18 free throws, moving into second all-time in free throws made with 343. Only Bradley with 459 has made more than Jones.
- His 14 free throws made ranks as the third-best single-game mark and is his career high. John Kiser owns the all-time record with 17 made free throws. His 18 free throw attempts stands him in a tie for fourth all time.
- Jones also hit 15-of-23 from the floor, as he now sits at 503 career field goals, which moved him into eighth all time. Gary Alexander is up next with 507.
- His 15 field goals made put him in a tie for fourth for the most made in a game. Doug Aplin and B.B. Waldon share the record with 17. He also set a career high with his 15 field goals.
- Jones also played all 45 minutes in the game, the most he has played in a game after playing 44 against Notre Dame on March 8, 2008.
- With his third three-point attempt of the game, junior Dominique Jones moved into seventh on USF's all-time list in the category. Jones, who entered the game with 416 attempted threes, passed Melvin Buckley's 418 attempts, and now trails Derrick Sharp, who ended his career with 430.
- Junior forward Jarrid Famous set a new career high with 17 points against Providence. His previous high was 16 three times.
- With 19 points against Providence, senior guard Mike Mercer has scored in double-digits in three-straight games, including 13 against Rutgers and 10 at Cincinnati.
- Mercer also tied his career high with 19 points in the game, set against San Diego earlier in the year.