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November 30, 2013

Bulls drop their second straight contest

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Tampa, Fla. -- Jarod Williams and Juwan Howard Jr. scored 12 points each as the Detroit Titans defeated the Bulls at the Sun Dome 65-60 on Saturday Night at the Sun Dome.

USF was grossly outplayed in the second half as Detroit outscored them 42-29. Howard and Williams led the way for the Titans, who improved to 4-4 on the year.

Stan Heath's team went through multiple scoring droughts throughout the game, the largest being a 5 minute scoreless spurt coming out of the locker room for the second half. At times throughout the game, the Bulls seemed to be lagging, lazy, and frankly disengaged and disinterested on both sides of the floor.

Few Bulls played defense with as much tenacity as Corey Allen Jr., the junior college transfer who has been a spark to the team so far this year, averaging just under 15 points and six rebounds per game. However, this was not Allen Jr.'s night, as he fouled out late in the second half, finishing with just six points in 26 minutes, a season-low.

Senior forward Victor Rudd scored 11 points for the Bulls, but shot a dismal 3-12 and committed four costly turnovers. Anthony Collins, who does not yet seem to be his usual self, also committed four turnovers.

One of the few bright spots for USF was senior guard Martino Brock, who led the Bulls with 16 points on an efficient 7-12 shooting performance. However, Brock missed a three pointer down the stretch of the game that would have tied the game at 65.

The Bulls will look to regroup before hitting the road for a Wednesday night matchup against George Mason, a game that will be broadcasted on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Nico's Notes:

- The Bulls struggled mightily in the second half both defensively and offensively. They shot just 38% from the field and seemed completely uninterested on the defensive end. John Egbunu contributed two blocks, however, while Rudd had three.

- Musa Abdul-Aleem, known as the team's best shooter, entered the game with less than a minute remaining and hit a three that brought the Bulls win two points. Seconds later, he missed the three that would have knotted the game at 63. The shot went in and out. Tough break for Musa.

- This was a good win for Ray McCallum's Detroit team. They seemed to catch USF on a night where the effects of an Oklahoma State loss nights ago were still looming.



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