USF Escapes Double Overtime Thriller

On Tuesday, South Florida defeated Florida Gulf Coast by the score of 68-66 inside the Sun Dome.

TAMPA BAY, FL.--- It took two half's and two overtimes, but South Florida improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating Florida Gulf Coast 68-66 in exciting fashion on Tuesday inside the Sun Dome.

In maybe the most exciting ending all season long, Florida Golf Coast threw the ball the full length of the court with .4 seconds left on the clock and had a catch-and-shoot at the rim to tie it up, but it was too late, according to the officials.

With tons of beef up front for coach Stan Heath and the Bulls, South Florida was outrebounded by the Eagles 51-43, but forced 19 turnovers on the night guiding them to the win.

Though both teams struggled from beyond the arc throughout the night, Florida Gulf Coast guard Bernard Thompson was unstoppable for the Eagles all night. The 6-foot-3 junior finished with 32 points and seven rebounds, going 6-for-12 from three-point range, and went 13-for-23 overall from the field.

Star forward Victor Rudd paced the Bulls all night inside the Sun Dome. The senior finished 23 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. The freshman frontcourt duo of Chris Perry and John Egbunu combined for 22 points, 16 rebounds and four assists.

Even though Stan Heath's team came out on top this evening, the Bulls finished just 7-for-20 from the free throw line.

"Dunk City" falls to 5-5 on the season, including 1-4 on the road, while South Florida improves to 5-2 at home on the season.


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