USF fell behind Seton Hall early in the first half and was never able to gain ground on the Pirates throughout the entire contest. The failure to establish the three point shot has hampered the Bulls’ efforts in cutting into leads and gaining momentum as of late. Over the past two games, USF has shot a paltry 6% from beyond the arc, including going 0-9 in Thursday’s game at home. The Bulls were once again led by Chris Perry who turned in a 16 point, 8 rebound effort. Meanwhile, a healthy Ruben Guerrero showed his ability as a highly touted freshman forward, putting up 13 points and 4 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
On the other side, The Pirates had five players score in double digits, including junior point guard Sterling Gibbs, who accounted for 14 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals. The Pirates were able to maintain a cozy lead for the entire ballgame, extending their lead to as many as 27 at one point, while holding the Bulls to 43% shooting.
Coach Antigua has three non-conference games remaining to gain momentum and confidence in his young squad before AAC play begins. Their next challenge will be on Saturday against FSU in Sunrise, FL. The game will be broadcast SportSouth at 2 pm.