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.