Fortunes continue to go south for USF (7-12, 1-5) as the month of January trudges along and their Thursday night 73-48 stomping at the hands of Temple (13-7, 4-3) served as the personification of the young team going in the wrong direction. The loss is South Florida’s fourth straight as they have now lost eleven of their last thirteen contests.
Two key contributing factors in the first half led to Temple taking control of the game early on. First was their proficiency from beyond the arc. A barrage of eight threes from the Owls in the first period allowed them to pull away from struggling USF quickly and efficiently. Several of these shots came from Jesse Morgan, who led the way for Temple with 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 block in 28 minutes of action. The other factor was several costly turnovers for the Bulls, a problem that has plagued the team for the past five games. Temple scored 18 of their 39 first half points off of USF’s eleven turnovers, allowing them to carry a cozy nineteen point lead into the half.
From there, the route was on in Philadelphia. The Bulls were dominated in every statistical category while posting a dismal 30.4% shooting performance from the field. South Florida was led scoring wise by veteran Corey Allen Jr., who posted 12 points in the losing effort. Ruben Guerrero had another nice outing with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block. However, the collective struggle from everyone donning the green and gold doomed the Bulls to their second worst loss of the season.
Once again, USF will have to find answers to provide another mark in the win column as their next contest is a rematch with Uconn this Sunday in Hartford.