WHO:USF at Bowling Green WHEN:8:30 p.m. Friday WHERE:Stroh Center TV:ESPN3 RADIO: 98.7-FM The Fan (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) LIVE STATS:BGSUfalcons.com LIVE TWITTER UPDATES:@USFMBB
TAMPA, Fla. – In its first road game of the season, the University of South Florida men’s basketball team is looking for its second 3-0 start in three seasons when it plays at Bowling Green Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Bulls (2-0) are coming off a 91-65 win over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, scoring over 90 points for the first time since Feb. 27, 2010. The Falcons (1-0) will play its second game of the season six days following their 102-49 win over Earlham. USF leads the all-time series 2-0. The first meeting came in 1978 while the second came occurred last season, an 87-84 triple-overtime win at the Sun Dome.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and can be heard in Tampa on 98.7 The Fan with Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas calling the action.
LAST GAME Junior transfer Corey Allen Jr. came up just short of becoming the first player with a triple-double since 2006. He had 21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two blocks, three steals and just two turnovers against Bethune-Cookman. Interestingly, his point total was around his average scoring output at Mt. San Antonio College last season as a sophomore (21.1).
It was the first time the Bulls had scored at least 90 points since a 99-93 win over Providence on Feb. 27, 2010.
USF recorded 10 steals for the first time since Jan. 23, 2013 when it had 11 at Seton Hall. Martino Brock matched a career-high with five steals.
USF recorded 22 assists, the most since dishing out 22 against Louisville on Jan. 9, 2011. The last time the Bulls had at least 20 assists was on Nov. 20, 2012 when it had 21 against Bradley.
HEATH VS. BOWLING GREEN In Stan Heath’s one season as head coach in the Mid-American Conference (2001-02) he was 3-0 against Bowling Green. His Kent State team won 70-67 at Bowling Green on Jan. 26, 2002, 76-64 at home on Feb. 4, 2002 and 70-59 in the finals of the MAC Tournament on March 9, 2002.
Most recently, USF defeated Bowling Green 87-84 in triple-overtime last season (12/21/12) behind 29 points by Victor Rudd and 18 from Martino Brock.
QUOTE TO NOTE It doesn’t matter to me if I start or come off the bench. I just take the number of minutes I get and produce.”
- Corey Allen Jr. after his big performance Tuesday night
DROPPING BY Sophomore guard Javontae Hawkins (Flint, Mich.) and freshman guard Bo Zeigler (Detroit, Mich.) can be expected to have many friends and family in attendance as Detroit is about an hour and 30 minute drive from Bowling Green.
NICE DEBUT Two of USF’s most heralded recruits in freshmen John Egbunu and Chris Perry had solid collegiate debuts in the Bulls’ season-opening 72-62 win over Tennessee Tech. Egbunu finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes of play.
Perry’s 14 points was the most scored by a Bulls freshman in a season opener since Solomon Bozeman scored 23 points (4-of-8) in a 77-61 win over Buffalo on Nov. 13, 2006 at the Sun Dome. He also added seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 27 minutes of play and was named the first-ever American Conference Rookie of the Week.
ALLEN JR. While much was made of the debuts of freshmen John Egbunu and Chris Perry, newcomer Corey Allen Jr. had a solid outing against Tennessee Tech. The junior transfer from San Antonio College started at point guard in place of injured returner Anthony Collins and had seven points and seven assists to just three turnovers while playing 36 minutes.