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January 23, 2013

Pirates sink Bulls, 55-47

Newark -- The USF Bulls couldn't put together back-to-back Big East wins on Wednesday night, falling to Seton Hall 55-47 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The Bulls' shooting woes from deep continued for the second straight game; USF finished 3-19 from three-point range. USF (10-8, 1-5) shot just 33.9 percent (19-56) from the floor and failed to get to the free throw line, attempting just six foul shots the entire game.

USF guard Jawanza Poland came of the bench and led the Bulls in scoring for the third straight game. Senior forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick was the only other Bull in double figures, registering 10 points. Bulls point guard Anthony Collins distributed the ball well, dishing out 10 assists, the fifth game this year the sophomore has registered double digit assists.

Seton Hall (13-6, 2-4) was lights out from the floor, shooting 52.5 percent (21-40) and 38.5 percent (5-13) from beyond the arc. The Pirates had two players in double figures, led by Durand Scott's 16 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double of the season. Forward Brandon Mobley returned after missing a game due to injury and chipped in 14 points off the bench.

The Bulls' defense created opportunities, forcing 17 Pirates turnovers, but USF couldn't convert on the offensive end. USF posted double digit steals, registering 11 thefts. USF has registered eight or more steals in back-to-back games.

Once again, USF's lack of length reared its ugly head; the Bulls were outrebounded by the Pirates 34-20. Victor Rudd and Fitzpatrick each led the Bulls with six rebounds each.

Next up, the Bulls return home to Tampa to host No.24 Notre Dame on Saturday January 23rd at the USF Sun Dome. Tipoff for the matchup is scheduled for noon.



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