WHO: Georgetown (12-3, 2-2) at USF (9-7, 0-4) WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Sun Dome TV: BEN,BHSN (Jason Benetti and Mark Wise) RADIO: 98.7-FM The Fan, Sirius 85/XM 85 (Jim Lighthall and Jim Louk) PURCHASE TICKETS
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Head coach Stan Heath liked what he saw from his
Bulls on Thursday night and he wants to see more of it 6 p.m. Saturday when Georgetown visits the Sun Dome.
USF (9-7, 0-4) is coming off a 70-67 loss at Rutgers, but
Heath was encouraged about what he saw from a Bulls team that showed growth.
Freshmen JaVontae Hawkins and Zach LeDay combined to score 17 points, and senior
Jawanza Poland put up a game-high 17 points to help power a USF team that averaged
45 points in losses to Syracuse, Villanova and Louisville. Four USF players
finished in doubles figures for the first time since a 65-56 win at UCF on Jan.
"I wanted to improve offensively and saw significant
improvement in that area," Heath said.
The Bulls were outrebounded by a 134-82 margin in the first
three games of their Big East run before bouncing back against the Scarlet
Knights. USF limited Rutgers to a 32-28 edge on the glass with Martino Brock,
Anthony Collins and Poland combining to post at least five boards apiece.
"Unfortunately we lost, but we
continued to make improvements in a lot of areas and we have to continue to
build on that," Heath said.
USF now turns its attention to the
Hoyas, who are 12-3 (2-2) and have won their past two games. Forward Otto
Porter Jr. led three Hoyas in doubles figures with 20 points in Georgetown's 74-65
victory over Providence on Wednesday night. Porter also leads three Hoyas in
double figures with 13.8 points per game this season.
Junior forward Victor Rudd continues
to have a productive season for the Bulls after finishing in double figures for
the fifth straight time Thursday night. The Los Angeles native posted 11 points
against Rutgers and has been in double figures in nine of his past 10 games.
Rudd leads USF with 11.4 points per
game this season heading into team's quick stop home on Saturday. The Bulls
play at Seton Hall 7 p.m. Wednesday in a contest that will be televised on
A Trio of Career Highs for Hawkins
Freshman guard JaVontae Hawkins set
career highs in points (10), rebounds (5) and minutes (28) in his second
straight start on Thursday.
Bulls Becoming a Hot Ticket
USF has seen its crowd continue to
grow at home with an average of 5,163 fans visiting the renovated Sun Dome this
season. The Bulls played in front of their largest home crowd since 2001 when
10,024 fans watched them take on Syracuse on Jan. 6.