15 Days-15 Games: The Countdown to USF Hoops
As the 2012-13 season approaches, we’ll count down the days to the first game with a look back at some memorable games in USF Basketball history. These may not be the most famous games and they may not be the most crucial to the development of the program. But they are 15 mileposts that helped to get us to where we are, and each is worth looking back at.
By Jim Louk
January 8, 2002
USF 117, TCU 108
Sun Dome, Tampa
The score says it all. It was a shootout of epic proportions between Seth Greenberg’s USF Bulls and the TCU Horned Frogs of Coach Billy Tubbs. When two teams combine to have 11 players score in double figures, you know there is some serious offense going on.
The Bulls had a capable offensive team that year. They scored 104 in the season opener against Fordham and had cleared 80 points three other times. But nothing would prepare the 4,532 in attendance for the offense they would see as the Bulls matched up with the scoring crazy TCU team.
Before the season was over, TCU would clear 100 points in a game 4 times, and they would allow 100 twice. Only once did TCU score over 100 and lose, and that was in the Sun Dome against the Bulls. It ended a 48 game TCU winning streak in games in which they scored 100 or more.
TCU was playing their first Conference USA game in Tampa. The pace of the game was beyond brisk. The Bulls actually got up 50 shots in the first half alone! Although they hit a relatively modest 7 three point shots, they got a total of 89 shots in the air for the game. By halftime, the Bulls were up 64-47.
“I remember saying that a Western Conference NBA game had broken out in the Sun Dome, “ says Jim Lighthall, who called the game that night with T.J. Rives. “It was a lot of fun to broadcast.”
Individual scoring was remarkable. B.B. Waldon had 37 for USF, hitting 17 of his 25 shots. Mike Bernard played 12 minutes off the bench and scored 12 points. For TCU, Junior Blount scored 31.
Assists? With so many shots falling, those numbers were huge too; Reggie Kohn had 14 for USF and Corey Santee had 11 for TCU.
The Bulls would complete the season sweep in Fort Worth a little over a month later, scoring a pedestrian 88 points in that victory.
USF went on to finish 19-13, TCU 16-15. Tubbs would leave TCU following the season to return to Lamar, where we would eventually be replaced as head coach by current USF Assistant Steve Roccaforte.
The 117-108 win would help propel the Bulls to the post season, as they played in the 2002 NIT Tournament in March.