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February 13, 2013
Despite Rudd's 26, Bulls Fall to Friars 76-66
TAMPA- USF (10-14, 1-11) dropped its seventh game in a row on Wednesday night, 76-66 against the Providence Friars (13-11,5-7).
The Bulls once again jumped out to a lead in the first half, this time taking an eleven-point advantage into the break. As has been the case in previous games, the opposition came out firing to start the second half. This time it was the Friars who began the frame on a 23-2 run to take the lead.
Rudd put up a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Collins had a double-double of his own with 12 points and 10 assists. Tonight's game snapped a streak of four games where either Zach LeDay or Javontae Hawkins led the Bulls in scoring.
Kadeem Batts led the Friars offensively with 24 points. LeDontae Henton added 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds.
The Bulls pride themselves on defense, and tonight the defense wasn't there. USF allowed 51 points in the second half, after allowing just 25 in the first. Tonight also snapped a streak of seven games where USF forced 10 turnovers.
"Our defense in the second half was not at the level we needed it to be at all," Heath explained.
When asked about what the cause was for the night and day performances from his team from half to half, Heath said, "That's the million dollar question."
USF gets back on the court Sunday, February 17th against Louisville. Tipoff is set for 1:00 pm from the Sun Dome in Tampa. The Cardinals won the previous meeting 64-38.
Josh Appel is the Senior Writer for RunningtheBulls.com. He is a student broadcaster at the University of South Florida. You can contact him at Josh@RunningtheBulls.com. Follow Josh on Twitter at @joshappel.