USF Lose 59-47 To TAMU-Corpus Christi

Poor shooting and turnovers proved to be the downfall for the University of South Florida men's basketball team (2-2) for the second-straight game, this time resulting in a 59-47 setback to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the opening round of the Price Cutter Classic.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Bulls will now face Georgia Southern in the consolation game Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. ET. Missouri State, the event's host, will play the Islanders in the championship.

"I thought turnovers obviously played a key role tonight," head coach Robert McCullum. "The most frustrating part was that many of the turnovers weren't the result of anything they (TAMU-CC) were doing defensively."

Senior center Solomon Jones led all scorers with a career-high 22 points and also chipped in 12 rebounds for his third double-double in four games. His double-double nearly came before halftime. He finished the opening frame with 14 points and nine boards. Classmate James Holmes chipped in 13 points, but shot just 4-of-16 from the floor.

A low-scoring, sloppy first half by both squads left the score even 27-27 at the intermission. USF turned the ball over 12 times and shot just 36 percent from the field as a team in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Unfortunately for the Bulls, that trend continued into the second half. Seven more turnovers in the opening minutes kept the squad from scoring until junior Melvin Buckley's basket at the 14-minute mark. During that time, the Islanders were able to gain an advantage they would enjoy the rest of the way.

USF finished the night with 26 turnovers, the third-straight game with 25-or-more miscues as a team.

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