USF Falls 62-55 At Notre Dame

The University of South Florida men's basketball team (6-18, 0-11 BIG EAST) saw its losing streak extend to 13 games following the team's 62-55 setback at Notre Dame Wednesday night in BIG EAST action.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Russell Carter scored 13 points, Chris Quinn added 12 and Rob Kurz had 10 points and 11 rebounds as Notre Dame opened a 14-point lead and held on for a 62-55 win over South Florida on Wednesday, handing the Bulls their school-record 13th straight loss.

The Bulls trailed by 12 points at the half and were never able to get closer than six points the rest of the way. Senior Solomon Jones and junior McHugh Mattis both collected double-doubles for the Bulls and the duo now owns 18 on the year. Senior guard James Holmes led the team with 18 points

The Irish (12-10, 3-8 Big East) won for the second time after losing five straight. The Bulls (6-18, 0-11) are still looking for their first conference victory.

Both the Irish and the Bulls have been hard-luck teams this year, repeatedly losing close games. The game Wednesday night, though, wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Irish led by 14 several times, the last time 50-36 with 8 minutes left when Rick Cornett scored inside.

The Bulls used a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 50-42 on a slam dunk by Solomon Jones on an inbounds pass. USF closed to 61-55 with 13 seconds left, but couldn't get any closer.

Holmes led USF with 18 points, Solomon Jones had 13 points and 12 rebounds and McHugh Mattis had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Notre Dame's bench outscored USF's 16-5.

The Irish started the game cold, missing their first 11 shots, while the Bulls shot 5-of-8, to open a quick 11-6 lead. But after missing their first seven 3-pointers, the Irish started hitting from outside. Kurz and Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite a 19-2 run.

The Irish forced six turnovers by the Bulls during the run, repeatedly leading to easy baskets. For the half, the Irish had 18 points off 11 turnovers by the Bulls while USF didn't score any points off Notre Dame's six turnovers.

The Bulls, who shot just 3-of-18 (16.6 percent) over the final 14 minutes of the first half, trailed 31-19 at intermission.


Game Leaders

South Florida

James Holmes
PPG Reb Asst FG% Min
18 2 3 .375 37

Notre Dame

R. Carter
PPG Reb Asst FG% Min
13 5 1 .467 38
South Florida Notre Dame
Assists C Capko 4 C Quinn 5
Rebounds S Jones 12 R. Kurz 11
Steals J. Holmes 4 C. Quinn, R Carter 3
Blocks M Mattis 3 R Kurz, T Francis 2
Minutes S. Jones 40 C Quinn 40

 

 

Game Stats

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
J Holmes, G 37 2 3 4 18
S Jones, F 40 12 0 3 13
M Mattis, G 28 11 2 4 12
M Buckley, F 36 2 0 3 5
C Capko, G 32 3 4 3 2

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
C Dennis 18 0 2 4 5
M Richardson

9

0

0

1

0

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
R Carter, G 30 5 1 4 13
C Quinn, G 40 5 5 2 12
C Falls, G 35 1 3 1 9
T Francis, F 27 7 0 2 6
K McAlarney, G 26 1 2 0 6

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
R Kurz 26 11 0 0 10
R Cornett 15 3 0 1 6
L Zeller 1 0 0 0 0

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