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January 19, 2013
TAMPA --The fifth time was the charm for Stan Heath and the USF Bulls to get their first Big East win of the season. The Bulls (10-7, 1-4) used two clutch free-throws from sophomore Anthony Collins with three seconds left in the game to cement a 61-58 victor over the Georgetown Hoyas (12-4, 2-3) on Saturday night at the USF Sun Dome.
"Just a tremendous effort from our team today." Said USF head coach Stan Heath. "I really have to thank our fans for coming out strong."
The Hoyas had a chance to win in the final moments of the game. Georgetown had possession with 13.1 seconds remaining, trailing 59-58 when forward Otto Porter Jr. drove to the basket and had the ball poked away. USF recovered the ball and converted at the free throw line to seal victory.
The Bulls relied on clutch free throw shooting, scoring their final 11 points in the last six minutes to hold on for the win.
"At the end of the game, that is what decides it. Those two guys we want at the line at the end of the game are definitely AC [Collins] and Jawanza Poland." Said Heath of the clutch free throws.
Three-point shooting was the difference for the Bulls. USF shot a dismal 1-14 from beyond the arc in the first half, but turned it on in the second, shooting 7-13 from long range. USF finished the game shooting 39.2 percent, 50 percent in the second half.
USF had three players register in double-figures. Poland led the Bulls for the second straight game in scoring with 15 points while JaVontae Hawkins chipped in a career high 12 points.
"JaVontae is really coming on. He is a very special player. He is a freshman playing with no fear." Said Heath.
Trailing by eleven early in the second half, the Bulls used a 15-2 run to take a two point lead.
Georgetown dominated on the glass, outrebounding USF 34-23. Sophomore Otto Porter Jr. led all scorers with 21 points and freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera chipped in 16 of his own.
The Bulls' defense stifled the Hoyas, forcing 15 turnovers and collecting eight steals. USF scored 20 points off the Georgetown turnovers and committed just 5 turnovers of their own.
Next up, the Bulls head to New York to take on Seton Hall on January 23rd at 7 PM.