As has been story with most games this season, the young Bulls brought a plethora of energy in the early stages of the contests, even maintaining the lead and control of the game for the majority of the 1st half. Making a rare appearance off the bench, Nehemias Morillo jumped out the gate in the first period with 9 points and 3 rebounds. He would finish the contest tying a career best 15 points. However, a calamity of turnovers in the last six minutes of the half proved costly for the Bulls. The Golden Hurricane were able to turn USF’s eleven first half turnovers into twelve of their thirty-two first period points and take the lead into the locker room.
From there, Tulsa never looked back into the second half. A 12-3 Golden Hurricane run in the middle of the period effectively put the game away and bolstered their fifth AAC win of the season. Tulsa was led by guard James Woodard. The junior Arcadia, Oklahoma native finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals in the winning effort for Frank Haith’s squad.
A positive for USF is the continued development of center Ruben Guerrero. With fellow starters and team veterans Chris Perry, Corey Allen Jr., and Anthony Collins all struggling throughout, the Spain native picked up his fair share of the load with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 rebounds, and 1 block in the loss. His continued growth and adjustment to the U.S. game will be a vital asset for the success of Antigua’s teams in the future. As of now, Bulls fans will have to simply sit back and watch Coach O’s plan come together as the team gains experience through playing more games.
South Florida will be in action next on Thursday, January 22nd at Temple. The game will begin at 6:30 pm on ESPNews.