USF loses to Michigan 68-47

The University of South Florida men's basketball team (4-3) fell victim to an extended scoreless streak midway through the first half in its matchup with Michigan (7-0) Saturday afternoon at the Sun Dome and was never able to fully recover in the 68-47 non-conference setback.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)--The Wolverines improved to 7-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season that was vacated due to NCAA sanctions. The last non-vacated season Michigan started as well was 1988-89 when it won its first 11 games and went on to win the program's only national championship.

Courtney Sims, coming off scoring a career-high 33 points against Delaware State, had 13 points for Michigan, which has limited five of seven opponents to 60 or fewer points during its best start under coach Tommy Amaker.

The Wolverines scored 19 straight during a 22-2 run they used to open a 20-point lead late in the first half. South Florida (4-3) went nearly nine minutes without a basket during the stretch and trailed 39-19 at the break.

Michigan built the big lead, despite shooting just 36 percent before intermission. The Wolverines scored the last five points of the opening half and began the second with an 11-2 run to put the game well out of reach.

The closest South Florida got after that was 64-44 with just over two minutes to go.

James Holmes, a native of Ypsilanti, Mich., led the Bulls with 20 points. USF's other big scorer, Solomon Jones, missed part of the first half with foul trouble and finished with eight points.

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