The long awaited win didn't surprise any of the dedicated students who cheer passionately for their Bulls. "I could get use to this" said the fan wearing the plastic horns. The Bulls looked hungry and proved it by an outstanding game against the Bearcats.
McHugh Mattis got the crowd in the game with a beautiful alley-hoop slam at 18:15, then Solomon Bozemen hit two three pointers, jump starting the Bulls to take and sustain an early lead.
The Bearcats put on the full court press hoping to frustrate the Bulls, but there always seemed to be an open man. The Bulls did well scoring from the press, getting the ball to Gransberry down low, who was then either fouled or hit the easy lay-up.
As the Bulls gradually built their lead, it seemed as if the crowd got louder and louder. The fans seemed to single out Cincinnati's Deonta Vaughn, who air balled an early three attempt. Anytime he touched the ball after this, you could hear the fans chant, AIRBALL, which echoed through the Sun Dome.
The Bulls went into half time playing strong and with an 11 point lead, 36-24. This marked the first lead at half time for the Bulls this season in Big East play.
USF continued to punish the Bearcats in the second half, increasing their lead to 25 points (52-27) with 11:28 to go. But the Bearcats bounced back, scoring an impressive 16 points in a little over two minutes. This was due to bad passing by the Bulls and quality steals by the Bearcats. Coach Robert McCullum took a timeout to sort of stop the bleeding. This worked as the Bulls hit consecutive field goals and would not allow another Cincinnati surge.
The Bearcats tried to play the foul game, subbing in their players with the least amount, but fell short due to excellent free throw shooting by the Bulls. Melvin Buckley actually went 6-6 and the team shot an impressive 62% from the line.
As the final buzzer sounded, the Sun Dome was alive, as the fans walking out chanted U-S-F. The rowdy fans behind the basket actually booed the Thundering Herd (band) for not playing the alma mater. I say they deserved it because looking at the schedule. South Florida may not have a lot to celebrate the rest of the season.
South Florida (10-8)(1-3) will face a hot West Virginia squad on the road next Wednesday, looking for their 2nd consecutive Big East win.
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