Just like several other teams around the AAC, South Florida (7-13, 1-6) certainly cannot wait until the end of the season when Ryan Boatright finally leaves Uconn (11-7, 4-2) for the NBA. The dynamic senior put up 28 points on Sunday, leading the Huskies to a 66-53 victory over the Bulls in Hartford.
Similar to their previous matchup on January 6th in the Sun Dome, Uconn controlled the majority of the contest and put on full display of why they are the defending national champions. Alongside the excellent shooting performance of Boatright, who still leads the AAC in scoring, was the efforts of forward Daniel Hamilton and guard Rodney Purvis. Just like in Tampa a few weeks back, Hamilton was an inside force to be accounted for, racking up 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists on the day. Meanwhile, newly transferred guard Rodney Purvis responded to being benched Sunday by exploding for 17 points and 2 steals in the Husky victories.
For USF, the absence of sophomore Chris Perry due to chest pains was a devastating blow to their inside game Sunday. The Bulls were dominated in rebound margin by Uconn 35-18 and couldn’t keep up with the rolling Huskies. Nehemias Morillo had a career high 18 points in the contest while Bo Zeigler, making his first career start in place of the injured Perry, provided a nice 7 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. However, the Bulls fell way short of victory and suffered their fifth straight defeat, their second five game losing streak of the season.
The Bulls will now head back home to look to stop the bleeding, as they’re net matchup will be against SMU at 7 pm ET on Wednesday night.