Mattis Leads USF To A 63-43 Win At WSSU

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Senior forward McHugh Mattis collected the program's second triple-double in school history, helping the University of South Florida men's basketball team (5-1) pull away for a 63-43 non-conference road victory at Winston-Salem State (1-11) Thursday night.

The North Lauderdale, Fla., native completed the evening with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks in 40 minutes of action. He was 8-of-8 from the floor and also created three steals. His 10 blocks is the second-best single-game total in school history and his perfect night from the floor matches a school record he shares with two others.

Until Thursday, former Bull Adrian Hillman was the only other USF player to record a triple-double. He accounted for 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 4, 1996.

The Bulls trailed 22-21 at the intermission after turning the ball over 14 times in the first half and shooting just 44 percent from the floor (8-of-18) and free throw line (4-of-9).

The Rams moved ahead 29-23 early in the second half, but a thunderous dunk by Mattis that shook the 3,200-seat arena started a turnaround for USF. Mattis netted nine points during a 21-4 run over the course of the next eight minutes, turning a four-point deficit into a 13-point advantage.

With leading scorer Melvin Buckley struggling from the field for the second-straight game, USF received valuable contributions from freshman Solomon Bozeman and senior walk-on Eddie Lovett. Bozeman finished with 17 points and six rebounds and Lovett scored five points in a career-high 22 minutes. Lovett's efforts included his first career 3-pointer.

The Bulls shot 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the field in the second half, while WSSU connected on just 7-of-22 (31.4 percent) of its opportunities.

Sophomore Aris Williams chipped in six points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.

USF continues its two-game road swing at East Carolina on Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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