Poor Shooting Leads To 62-44 Loss At Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The University of South Florida men's basketball team (6-21, 0-14 BIG EAST) wrapped up the road portion of its 2005-06 campaign with a 62-44 loss at Rutgers (16-12, 0-14 BIG EAST) Sunday afternoon in BIG EAST action.

Senior James Holmes and junior Melvin Buckley led the Bulls with 14 points and Solomon Jones topped all players with 11 rebounds.

The Bulls trailed 30-15 at the intermission, falling behind early do to a combination of poor field goal shooting and turnovers. South Florida wasn't helped by the fact that Rutgers came out on fire from the field as a team, paced by the BIG EAST's leading scorer, Quincy Douby.

The junior forward broke the game open with 15 first-half points, including a three-straight treys early in the half. Douby scored 33 points versus the Bulls on Feb. 18.

South Florida shot just 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play and turned the ball over 12 times, which led to 11 of RU's points. The Scarlet Knights did see their shooting cool down and finished at 35.7 percent for the half.

The team's second-half got off to a rocky start when Jones picked up his fourth foul and was forced to the bench less than two minutes into the stanza. Jones had picked up his third in the final seconds of the first half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Holmes closed the gap to 11 points with 14 minutes on the clock. Rutgers responded, however, with an 8-0 to put the Scarlet Knights back in control.

The squad finished just 31.5 percent from the floor for the game and turned the ball over 18 times. Rutgers turned those miscues into a total of 20 points.

USF concludes its season this week with a pair of home games. The Bulls host nationally ranked Connecticut (March 1) and Georgetown (March 4) at the Sun Dome.


Game Stats

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
M Buckley, F 35 5 0 3 14
J Holmes, G 36 3 3 5 14
M Mattis, F 30 5 0 4 4
S Jones, G 32 11 2 4 4
C Dennis, G 12 0 0 1 0

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
E Lovett 4 0 0 0 4
C Capko 28 1 2 4 3
M Richardson 21 4 1 0 1
F Markusovic 2 2 0 0 0

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
Q Douby, G 37 10 6 0 23
M Webb, F 35 3 2 2 15
O Bailey, F 22 2 0 0 6
A Farmer, G 21 1 5 2 5
J Inglis, C 17 4 1 2 4

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
J Griffin 14 3 0 1 5
J Cherry 2 0 0 1 2
D Waterstradt 21 5 0 1 2
J Mimmo 1 0 0 0 0
B Joynes 10 1 0 4 0
Z Gibson 2 0 0 0 0
S Keating 10 1 1 1 0
A Washington 1 0 0 0 0
F Russell 7 2 0 0 0
Complete Box Score


Remaining Schedule

South Florida Bulls

Date Time Team
03/01 7:00 pm Connecticut
03/04 7:00 pm Georgetown

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Date Time Team
03/05 2:00 pm At St. John's


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