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TAMPA -- Scoring 15 points off turnovers, and taking advantage of a short-handed Connecticut team, USF downed the Huskies 65-51 to win its second straight game after a ten-game losing streak.
The win was capped by senior walk-on Mike McCloskey's coast-to-coast drive that resulted in the loudest ovation of the night from the home crowd of 5200+.
With the win, the Bulls will face Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament next week. That, after a trip to Cincinnati Saturday to close out the regular season.
Martino Brock led the Bulls with 18 points and six rebounds. Victor Rudd added 17 (11 rebounds) and Zach LeDay put in 11.
Connecticut was led by Deandre Daniels, who had 23 points. Ryan Boatright scored 11 and RJ Evans added ten.
"We did a good job from start to finish," said Bulls coach Stan Heath. "Except the first three minutes of the second half, but we fixed that."
USF trailed only once, after giving up six quick points to fall behind 32-28. After a time out by Heath, the Bulls went on an 11-2 run and never looked back.
"We're getting better offensively," Heath added. "We are moving the ball around better and penetrating better."
Rudd, who had back-to-back dunks to put the game out of reach, fouled Brendan Allen with 22 seconds left in the game, to allow the Bulls to get all the seniors in the game.