The South Florida Bulls trailed 27-25 at the intermission, but scored the first 11 points of the second half to pull ahead for the remainder of the contest. After shooting 42.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes, USF connected on 52.4 percent of its chances in the decisive second stanza.
McHugh Mattis scored 13 points and Melvyn Richardson added 10 for the Bulls (5-3), who have won all nine games in the series.
Rodney Webb had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul Graham scored 10 points to pace the Owls (3-3), who lost for the first time in four games.
Florida Atlantic began a 15-4 run midway through the first half to build a 12-point advantage. The Owls clung to a 27-25 halftime lead despite 29.6 percent shooting.
Four minutes before the intermission, Florida Atlantic led by six points. The Owls connected only once from the field over the next 15 minutes en route to a 45-31 deficit.