TAMPA, JAN. 11, 2017 – Despite double digit point performances from three players, the University of South Florida men’s basketball team (6-9, 0-4 The American) was defeated 82-67 by Tulane (4-12, 1-3) on Wednesday evening.
The Green Wave took the early advantage with an 11-2 run to begin the contest.
The Bulls then responded by going on an 18-8 surge to take their first lead, 20-19. Freshman guard Michael Bibby (Phoenix) hit a pair of treys to fuel the USF rally.
After the lead see-sawed a few times, Tulane entered the break with a narrow 40-38 edge.
The Bulls would trail until sophomore guard Troy Holston (Queens, N.Y.) made a driving layup, pushing USF in front 45-44 at the 15:24 mark of the second half. Shortly thereafter, Tulane would rattle off 10 consecutive points and never relinquish the lead again in the road victory.
Interim head coach Murry Bartow on the play of Guerrero and Santos: “If you look at Luis and Ruben combined, they had 24 points and nine rebounds from the (center) position. We can’t ask for any more than that. That’s phenomenal production from that position.”
Sophomore guard Kain Harris contributed a game-high 27 points for Tulane.
The Bulls shot 52.2 percent in the first half.
Thorpe notched his 11th double figure point game this year. His three steals tied a career-best.
Guerrero’s 12 points were one shy of matching his season-high (FAMU, 11/11).
The 12 point outing by Santos was only his fourth double digit output and just two away from tying his career-best (Troy, 12/1).
The Bulls will be on the road for the next two games, at Memphis on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET and at UCF on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
USF returns home to host Tulsa on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
About USF Men’s Basketball
The USF men’s basketball team is led by interim head coach Murry Bartow. Coach Bartow has served as a collegiate basketball coach for 30 seasons and boasts eight postseason tournaments, including four NCAA Tournaments.
USF has retired three numbers in its 46-year history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30) and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids and appeared in the NIT eight times. In the 2011-12 season, USF was one win away from an appearance in the Sweet 16.
For tickets, contact the USF Ticket Office at 1-800-Go-Bulls or by going online to USFBullsTix.com.