TAMPA, JAN. 4, 2020 – Laquincy Rideau went off for 17 points and six assists, David Collins was fully loaded and added 15 points as South Florida knocked off AAC foe UConn 75-60 on Saturday at the Yuengling Center.
“We needed to defend better than we have been, we needed to rebound better and we needed to move and share the ball better. We were able to do that against a long, athletic team that was coming off a loss just like us. The game didn’t start out all that well, but we hung in there those first couple of minutes. I looked up and I thought we were down 12-0, but it was only 6-0 because we did get a few stops. I liked our offense, we had some shots at the rim and we were doing what we wanted to do. I’m really pleased with the response. We had a great crowd with great energy that got to see a really good college basketball game.” ~ Brian Gregory
The Bulls (8-7, 1-1 American) also got 12 points and nine rebounds from Michael Durr.
James Bouknight had 11 points for UConn (9-5, 0-2 American), which was coming off a 67-51 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday night in the conference opener.
UConn got within 12 with eight minutes remaining but Rideau’s layup completed a 7-0 run that made it 70-51.
Justin Brown put USF ahead 53-38 on a 3-pointer with 15 1/2 minutes to play.
South Florida went 21 of 29 from the free-throw line. UConn made 10 of 16.
Rashun Williams extended the Bulls lead to 61-42 midway through the second half. That surge came during a four-minute scoreless stretch by UConn.
Rideau had 13 points as USF took a 39-32 halftime advantage. He had a 3-point play and added a layup during a 12-2 run that put the Bulls up 39-29.
Alterique Gilbert cut the UConn deficit to seven on a long-range jumper with 9 seconds left in the first half.
Rideau has had success against UConn. In three previous games, the senior guard averaged 17.7 points and six rebounds.
Next Up: The Bulls head host the No. 21 Memphis Tigers (12-2, 1-0) at the Yuengling Center on January 12th at 4PM broadcasted on ESPN2.
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10 – USF finished with at least 10 steals for the fifth time this season and for the second straight game.
72.4 – USF took 29 free throws and shot 72.4 percent from the line.
7 – Michael Durr grabbed at least seven rebounds for the fourth straight game.
17th – David Collins scored 15 points and moved into 17th place all-time at USF with 1,060 career points.
5 – Laquincy Rideau has at least five assists in seven of the last nine games.