Eventually, the effort of Coach Orlando Antigua’s South Florida Bulls (7-16, 1-9) will result in a win that breaks their now month long skid. Wednesday wasn’t that night as the Bulls fell to Temple (16-7, 7-3) by a final score of 61-48. The loss is the teams eighth in a row as they still haven’t won a contest since January 3rd.
A common theme during this losing streak has been the Bulls carrying a lead for an early portion of these ballgames only to let it slip away in the tail end of the first half, which was exactly the case Wednesday night. Forcing the Owls to shoot under 30%, USF led for 18 minutes throughout the first period, leading by as many as 8 at one. The Bulls were spiked by the offensive combination of leading scorers Corey Allen Jr. and Nehemias Morillo. Allen Jr., who ranks 2nd in scoring the AAC, continued his aggressive nature on offense throughout the contest while early points from “Three”-ehmias Morillo sparked USF right out the gate. Also contributing huge was freshman center Reuben Guerrero. The Spain native held his own against Temple big Jaylen Bond and amassed 5 points, 4 blocks, and a career high 14 rebounds throughout the contest. Starting point guard Anthony Collins etched himself in USF history, surpassing Chucky Atkins for 3rd all-time in assists at USF.
However, things came quickly undone for the Bulls early in the 2nd half. The Owls were able to capitalize off 7 USF turnovers in the first five minutes of the half in which they never looked back. Temple was led on Wednesday night by Will Cummings, whose 19 points, 3 assists, and defensive presence was the key to Temple’s 16th victory of the season. Jaylen Bond, who leads the AAC in rebounding, also contributed big with 6 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals in the victory.
For USF, it’s simply on to the next contest as they head back out on the road to take on third place Cincinnati.