Bulls Fall In Overtime At Seton Hall 94-89

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - For the fourth time in five league outings, the University of South Florida dropped a hard-luck BIG EAST matchup, this time seeing a double-digit second-half lead disappear in a 94-89 overtime loss at Seton Hall Friday night.

Four of the team's five league losses this season have come by six-or-fewer points and three times South Florida had the ball with the chance to either tie the score or take the lead in the closing seconds of regulation. The decision was the third overtime loss of the year.

The Bulls were paced by James Holmes, who had a career-high 35 points. Melvin Buckley scored 17 points and McHugh Mattis had 16 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.

The Pirates (10-6, 2-3 Big East) trailed by 13 with 6:42 left, but stormed back to score their second league win by virtue of a big second half comeback. On Jan. 4, Seton Hall overcame a 20-point second half deficit to defeat St. John's 69-61 in overtime.

Jamar Nutter scored a career-high 28 points, including 10 in the closing 2 minutes of regulation and four more in overtime, leading Seton Hall.

Nutter's driving layup with 14 seconds left tied the score at 78-78, capping a 17-4 Seton Hall run. USF (6-12, 0-5) had a chance to win the game in regulation, but turned the ball over on its final possession with just four seconds left.

Donald Copeland scored 17 points, including a huge 3-pointer with 1:11 left in overtime, and added nine assists for the winners.

Seton Hall snapped a three-game Big East losing streak with the victory. USF lost for the seventh-straight time.

Game Leaders

South Florida

James Holmes
PPG Reb Asst FG% Min
35 0 3 .545 44

Seton Hall

Jamar Nutter
PPG Reb Asst FG% Min
28 4 1 .625 37
South Florida Seton Hall
Assists S Jones 3 D Copeland 9
Rebounds M Mattis 11 K Whitney 8
Steals J Holmes 3 P Gause 4
Blocks S Jones 2 K Whitney 2
Minutes M Buckley 44 K Whitney 41

Box Score

South Florida Starters
Name Min FG 3PT FT Reb Asst PF Pts
J Holmes, G 44 12-22 6-12 5-7 0 3 4 35
M Buckley, G 44 7-13 3-8 0-0 6 1 1 17
M Mattis, F 37 7-9 0-0 2-5 11 0 5 16
S Jones, C 26 3-8 0-0 4-4 9 3 5 10
C Dennis, G 24 2-8 0-2 2-2 1 2 5 6
South Florida Bench
Name Min FG 3PT FT Reb Asst PF Pts
C Capko 30 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 3 3 3
M Richardson 17 0-0 0-0 2-2 3 0 1 2
E Lovett 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
Seton Hall Starters
Name Min FG 3PT FT Reb Asst PF Pts
J Nutter, G 37 10-16 5-8 3-4 4 1 3 28
D Copeland, G 41 5-12 1-5 6-8 2 9 2 17
K Whitney, F 41 3-9 0-0 5-9 8 4 4 11
B Laing, F 24 4-7 0-0 2-2 5 0 2 10
G Billmeier, C 22 3-4 0-0 2-2 5 3 2 8
Seton Hall Bench
Name Min FG 3PT FT Reb Asst PF Pts
P Gause 33 6-9 3-6 3-4 0 1 4 18
D Palmer 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 2
M Pilgrim 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
C Marshall 9 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0
M Cousin 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0

Next Game

South Florida
Date Time Team
1/24 7:00 pm Villanova
Seton Hall
Date Time Team
1/25 7:00 pm NCState

 


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