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.