Bulls Miss Chance, Lose To Seton Hall 65-70

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Donald Copeland and Kelly Whitney had 21 points each Wednesday as Seton Hall defeated South Florida, 70-65.

 

Melvin Buckley tied his career-high with 26 points for South Florida (6-16, 0-9), which has lost 11 straight games. It's the Bulls' longest losing skid since a school-record 12-game streak in 1980.

South Florida took a 57-53 lead with eight minutes left after Solomon Jones scored four straight points, including a slam dunk. But Seton Hall scored 11 of the next 15 points, keyed by Copeland's three-point play and long-range jumper, to take a 64-61 advantage at the four-minute mark.

Copeland made it 67-63 on a free throw with 44 seconds remaining. Jones' basket with 25.9 seconds remaining got South Florida within 67-65.

Jamar Nutter and Whitney closed out the scoring for Seton Hall with three free throws.

Copeland hit a pair of 3's during an 11-4 run over the final two minutes of the first half that put Seton Hall ahead 44-40. There were seven changes and 12 ties in the first half.

Jones finished with 18 points for South Florida.

It was the sixth consecutive victory for Seton Hall (15-6, 6-3 Big East), which plays top-ranked Connecticut on Saturday.

 

Game Leaders

Seton Hall

Kelly Whitney
PPG Reb Asst FG% Min
21 5 1 .500 40

South Florida

Melvin Buckley
PPG Reb Asst FG% Min
26 8 1 .529 37
Seton Hall South Florida
Assists D Copeland 8 M Mattis 6
Rebounds B Laing 6 M Mattis 9
Steals K Whitney 3 M Mattis 2
Blocks K Whitney 0 M Mattis 3
Minutes K Whitney 40 S Jones 39

 

Game Stats

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
K Whitney, F 40 5 1 1 21
D Copeland, G 40 3 8 0 21
J Nutter, G 22 0 0 4 9
B Laing, F 33 6 1 2 8
G Billmeier, C 11 1 0 4 2

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
D Palmer 13 2 1 4 4
P Gause 22 3 2 1 3
M Cousin 16 4 1 1 2
C Marshall 3 0 0 0 0

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
M Buckley, F 37 8 1 4 26
S Jones, C 39 5 1 4 18
M Mattis, F 35 9 6 2 13
C Capko, G 34 1 3 1 6
C Dennis, G 18 0 3 1 0

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
J Holmes 32 7 3 4 2
M Richardson 5 0 1 1 0
Complete Box Score

 

Next Game

Seton Hall

Date Time Team
2/11 8:00 pm UConn

South Florida

Date Time Team
2/11 12:00 pm At Louisville

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