USF Men Win 87-56 At Duel In The Desert

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Kentrell Gransberry had a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jesus Verdejo added 20 points as the USF men's basketball team beat Norfolk State 87-56 Sunday night in the opening game of the Duel In The Desert, hosted by UNLV.

Kentrell Gransberry and Verdejo, mid-year transfers last season from LSU and Arizona, were both making their respective USF debuts.

Jesus Verdejo, a sophomore guard, hit his first five shots in helping USF jump out to an early double-digit lead. His 3-pointer with 9:38 to play in the first half capped a 19-6 run and gave the Bulls (7-1) a 24-11 advantage.

Gransberry opened strong with 11 first-half points and had a double-double with 10:59 to play.

South Florida's Melvin Buckley added 15 points and Solomon Bozeman added 13 points.

Norfolk State (1-6) scored the first points of the game, but Buckley hit a 3-pointer and USF led the rest of the way.

Calvin Brown had a team-high 23 points for the Spartans, and Corey Lyons added nine.



Player Stats

Norfolk State

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
C Brown, C 37 6 1 4 23
C Lyons, F 29 7 0 2 9
T Murphy, G 30 3 3 1 7
T Dunkley, F 27 6 1 5 4
R Cann, G 15 0 1 3 0

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
A Thomas 25 6 4 1 8
R Hall 10 3 0 3 3
D Drummer 13 1 0 4 2
B Plummer 11 1 0 1 0
O Doherty 3 1 0 0 0
South Florida

Starters

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
M Buckley, F 23 3 3 4 15
S Bozeman, G 31 2 4 1 13
M Mattis, F 26 3 3 3 8
A Saaka, G 28 8 3 3 3
A Williams, F 10 0 0 4 0

Bench

Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
K Gransberry 23 11 0 4 24
J Verdejo 25 0 3 2 20
E Lovett 7 2 0 2 4
M Richardson 14 4 1 5 0
C Capko 13 3 2 0 0

 





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