USF Downs Jacksonville 91-78 At Home

TAMPA, Fla. – Junior forward Melvin Buckley netted a career-high 26 points and four University of South Florida men's basketball players finished with double figures in points as USF (2-0) defeated visiting Jacksonville (0-2) by a score of 91-78 Friday night at the Sun Dome.

Senior guard James Holmes chipped in a personal-best 25 points and junior McHugh Mattis and senior Solomon Jones added 20 and 17 points, respectively. USF shot 56.9 percent from the floor as a team and knocked down 26-of-33 charity tosses en route to the victory.

The Bulls jumped out to a quick 20-6 advantage in the opening minutes and maintained a double-digit lead for a majority of the half. The Dolphins closed the gap to 32-27 with 6:06 left in the opening frame, but the Bulls responded with two-straight hoops and would lead 46-36 at the intermission.

USF led by as many as 19 in the second half and the lead never dwindled to fewer than 10 points at any point following halftime. The Bulls' shooting improved as the contest moved along. The squad finished the final 20 minutes of action 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) from the floor.

Walk on Chris Capko made his first career start at point guard and netted person highs in assists (12) and minutes played (33) with his performance against the Dolphins. Jones corralled his second-straight double-double, adding 10 boards to his 17 points in 38 minutes. He also contributed three blocks and a pair of assists on the night.

USF hits the road for the first time this season when the squad faces FIU Tuesday night in non-conference action.


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