The battle of former Conference USA foes was a see-saw battle for the duration, with the lead changing hands sixteen times throughout the entire contest. The Bulls were once again led by the stellar play of Sophomore Chris Perry, who racked up 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks throughout the entire contest. Junior Anthony Collins was not far behind with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, while newcomers Troy Holston Jr. and Bo Ziegler provided a lift off the bench, combining for 19 points and a tremendous defensive presence.
It was this defense that held the Blazers in check. UAB only shot 36% from the field, marking the 3rd straight game the Bulls have held their opponent to under 40% shooting, a trend Coach Antigua hopes continues. With the game coming down to the wire in OT and Perry fouled out, it was Corey Allen Jr.’s layup with 25 seconds remaining that put USF ahead by two and ultimately sealed the victory.