Bulls Fall 83-74 To Iowa State

HONOLULU (AP) -- The University of South Florida men's basketball team opened play at the 42nd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic, hosted by the University of Hawai'i, with a 83-74 setback to Iowa State (7-3) Wednesday night.

McHugh Mattis led all scorers with 23 points for USF(5-4), shooting a tournament record and USF record 10-for-10 from the field. James Holmes added 20 points and Melvin Buckley 19 for the Bulls. USF took a 57-55 lead on Holmes' 3-pointer from the right side with 9:35 remaining in the game. But back-to-back Bulls turnovers and 3-pointers from Iowa State's Stinson and Jiri Hubalek keyed a 10-0 Cyclone run and USF would get no closer than four down the stretch.

USF shot 61.4 percent from the field (27-of-44) but committed 25 turnovers in the game.

"I thought this was clearly our best effort of the season," head coach Robert McCullum said. "But I don't think I have ever been associated with a team that shot 61 percent from the floor and lost."

USF led by as many as 12 points with 4:31 left in the first half. But Iowa State closed out the first with an 18-2 run, capped by Clark's 3-pointer from the left wing at the first half buzzer, to take a 41-37 lead.


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