Tom Hagerty

White leads Men's Basketball past Loyola, 68-50

November 17, 2012
Team 1st 2nd OT Final
Loyola 21 29 -- 50
38 30 -- 68


USF Communications


TAMPA - USF continued rolling on day two of the USF Invitational with a 68-50 victory over the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.   


The Ramblers fought hard to keep up in the first half, but the Bulls hit their last nine shots to close the half and pull ahead 38-21 at the break.


Senior Kore White went a career-best 3-3 from three-point range and chipped in a game-high 15 points and five rebounds.  


“Having a lift like Kore White off the bench was huge,” said head coach Stan Heath.


White, a transfer from Florida Atlantic, is not known for his perimeter shooting, but the senior forward worked hard in the off-season  to add the three-point shot to his game.


“Once I hit the first shot, it gave me a lot of confidence,” White said. “This was my first game going three for three from three-point range. I think that’s the result of the offseason training I’ve been doing, and I think it’s paid off.”


Junior Victor Rudd added 10 points and nine rebounds in the winning effort for the Bulls.


“This is the hardest we’ve played this season,” Rudd said. “I felt good about today’s performance.”


USF (2-1) shot 50 percent from the field on offense while holding the Loyola-Chicago (2-2) to just 36.8 percent. The Bulls were also hot from three point range as they shot 43 percent (7-of-16) on the night.


By surrendering only 50 points to the Ramblers, the Bulls have now held 14 of their last 16 opponents under 60 points.


“The energy and intensity on the defensive end was very strong,” Heath said.


The Bulls will close out the USF Invitational tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. against Western Michigan.








USF FG-A 3FG-A FT-A  Pts. 
Kore White 6-9 3-3 0-0 15
Loyola FG-A  3FG-A  FT-A Pts. 
Ben Averkamp 4-8 1-1 0-1 
USF Off. Def. Total
Victor Rudd 1 8 9
Loyola Off. Def. Total
Christian Thomas 3 2 5
USF Asst. Stl.  Blk. 
Anthony Collins
6 0 0
Loyola Asst. Stl. Blk.
Tanner Williams 4 0 0

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