Bulls Claim Second Win On European Tour 90-53

FLORENCE, Italy (August 17, 2006) – The University of South Florida men's basketball team remained undefeated on its European tour in Italy following a 90-53 over Firenze Select Thursday night in Florence.

Senior forward Melvin Buckley led all scorers with 29 points, which included five treys, and also chipped in seven rebounds and three assists. Classmate McHugh Mattis collected his second-straight double-double, finishing with 21 points and 10 boards. He also swatted five shot attempts.

Mattis scored 33 points and corralled 16 caroms in the first game earlier in the week.

"It's been good to finally get out on the court after practicing for two weeks, but the courts have been tough to play on," Chris Capko said. "The players here are more skilled than those in the United States, but not as athletic."

Firenze came out on fire from the field in the first quarter and USF was able to manage just a 19-16 advantage after the first 10 minutes. As was the case in the opener, USF built a significant lead in the second frame. Sophomore forward Aris Williams chipped in eight points (finished with 10 points and nine rebounds) in the quarter off the bench to key the run.

USF outscored Firenze 28-12 in the third quarter to put the game away.

Senior forward Melvyn Richardson netted 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Guard Chris Capko finished with five points and also contributed eight assists and four rebounds. Senior Eddie Lovett got the starting nod and responded with seven points, six rebounds and three assists.

"We have been pretty busy with all of the sight seeing and travel," Capko said. "It was good to finally play again, because that is why we are here."

The Bulls opened the tour with an 86-54 win over Pallacanestro Cadorago Monday afternoon in Rome.

TOUR UPDATE: The team spent its final day (Tuesday) in Rome at the beach and touring the ancient ruins … stops included the Roman Forum, Pantheon and Palestine Hill … Wednesday morning the group departed for Florence and enjoyed a walking tour of the city in the afternoon … the tour was highlighted by a stop at the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo's famous statue of David … Thursday morning brought with it a trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa … a majority of the travel party made the 293-step journey to the top of the tower … the team will depart early Friday morning for Venice and returns to action later that night against Giants Marghera.

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