Short-handed Bulls beat Saint Joseph’s 75-62 at Sunshine Slam

DAYTONA BEACH (November 22, 2022) – Despite missing three players, including a pair of starters, the University of South Florida Bulls (1-5) broke through on Tuesday night for their first win of the season – a 75-62 victory over Saint Joseph’s (2-3) at the Sunshine Slam.

Selton Miguel scored a career-high 19 points for the victorious Bulls.

South Florida was without Keyshawn Bryant (did not travel), Jamir Chaplin (concussion protocol) and DJ Patrick (only). Tyler Harris also walked away from Tuesday’s fight with another set of stitches above his eye after taking a punch in the first half.

USF had never started a season 0-6, and its last 0-5 start was in 1987, the same year of the Bulls’ last and only other meeting with the Saint Joseph’s Hawks.

“I’m really proud of these guys who kept working and didn’t let our circumstances dictate them,” head coach said Brian Gregory. “This group wants to play, win games and get better every day. We play a more physical style of basketball than we have in recent years, and that can wear you out, but we played with a lot of energy and toughness tonight.”

Miguel scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half with 5-of-7 shooting in the last 20 minutes. The sophomore guard also led USF with a season-high six assists in the game. Harris also added 13 of his 18 points in the second half of the action.

For the second night in a row, the Bulls started the game by knocking down four consecutive shot attempts, and a 7-0 run gave USF an early 9-5 lead on a three-pointer by freshman Ryan Conwell, who clinched his first start of the season . .

The Hawks took the lead at 10:32 on a pair of free throws, 15-14, as the whistle was frequently interrupted throughout the night and Saint Joseph’s put in the bonus at the halfway mark of each half.

Jack Boggs tied the game at 17-17 on a three-pointer, Miguel followed with a fastbreak layup, and Harris interrupted another USF run with a triple to give the Bulls a 22-17 lead with 7:14 left in the first half . South Florida never relinquished that lead and went 37-30 for the locker room.

USF led by as many as 13 early in the second half, but saw the Hawks close their deficit to 47-42 at 12:17. Russell Tchewa completed a three-point play at the charity streak to cut the Bulls’ lead to double digits with 7:44 left to play, which USF held until the final whistle.

remarkable

  • Tuesday’s point total (75) was a season-high for the Bulls. USF was 3-0 in scoring 70 or more points last season.
  • Miguel has scored in double digits in three games in a row, and four of his last five.
  • Serrel Smith Jr. scored seven points and four rebounds while recording a season-high 22 minutes off the bench.
  • USF’s eight three-pointers were a season high on Tuesday.
  • The Bulls also shot a season-best 77.3 percent from the free throw line.

Next one

The Bulls return home to face St. Francis College on Friday, November 25 at 2 p.m. at the Yuengling Center in Tampa.

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About USF Men’s Basketball

The USF men’s basketball team is headed by its head coach Brian Gregory, which will begin its sixth season in the 2022–23 season. Gregory was introduced in March 2017 as the 10th head coach in program history, having previously led programs at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and Dayton (2003-11). Gregory spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach under Michigan State Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo, helping the Spartans win the 2000 NCAA National Championship. Gregory owns more than 300 head coaching wins and six postseason appearances, including the 2010 NIT Championship with Dayton. In his second season at the helm of the Bulls, Gregory led the team to the best win in the NCAA, most single-season wins in school history, and the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship.


USF has retired three numbers in its history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30), and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids, made eight appearances in the NIT, and won the 2019 College Basketball Invitational.


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