Southern Methodist jumped out to a 19-4 lead early on, due to several turnovers and poor execution at the offensive end for the Bulls. Victor Rudd, a 6-foot-9 forward that leads the Bulls in scoring at 16.2 points a game, struggled to score buckets from beginning to end on Wednesday night. The former Arizona State Sun Devil finished the game with five points and three rebounds on 2-of-13 shooting.
The Bulls committed 13 turnovers on the night, and shot 32.1 percent from the field, including 29.4 percent from three-point range. Coach Stan Heath's squad also had just six assists to SMU's 14, and were outrebounded on the glass 37-31.
Villanova transfer Marcus Kennedy picked up his first career double-double to lead the Mustangs. Kennedy finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, three assists and a block on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting.
Sophomore forward Zach LeDay led South Florida with 12 points and seven rebounds with a steal and a block on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting.
It doesn't get easier for South Florida. The Bulls hope to bounce back at home on Saturday against the 19th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats (16-2, 5-0) at 5:00 p.m. on ESPNU.