Fouls and Turnovers Hamper Bulls vs Alabama

With early foul trouble, 20+ turnovers, and sub 50% free throw shooting, USF never able to get a grip vs. a surging Alabama team on Tuesday night.

With USF (5-2) being the second youngest team in the entire nation, there would be games over the course of the season where the Bulls would struggle to find a rhythm and get out hustled by their opponent. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night as improved Alabama (6-1) defeated the Bulls 82-71, handing Coach Antigua’s squad their second loss of the season.

Despite shooting 50% from the floor for the entire night, foul trouble and turnovers hampered the Bulls’ chances of pulling out a victory in Coleman Coliseum. USF committed a season high 21 turnovers throughout the game, contributing to 26 of the Crimson Tide’s 82 points scored. Meanwhile, starters Corey Allen Jr. and Nehemias Morillo were sidelined by early foul trouble in the first half, allowing Bama to take a fifteen point lead heading into the half. Both players would end up fouling out in the second half.

From there, the Crimson Tide never lost control of the game. After having their lead cut down to 6 with 13:29 to play, Bama rattled off a swift 13-0 run that effectively put the game out of reach. The Tide’s efforts was led by guard Ricky Tarrant, who compiled 17 points and 8 assists on the night, while Rodney Cooper accounted for another 20 of Alabama’s points in their victory.

Tough losses like these are to be expected from a young team with a new head coach. They’ll have an opportunity to claim back some of their lost momentum as they return to the road this Saturday to face Detroit at 3 pm.

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