Bulls Win 3rd Straight 81-67 Over ECU

TAMPA (AP) -- Jesus Verdejo scored 20 points as the University of South Florida beat East Carolina 81-67 on Saturday night at the Sun Dome.

All five USF starters scored in double figures. Orane Chin, Chris Howard and Dominique Jones contributed 17, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Kentrell Gransberry added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

USF (3-3) won its third consecutive game after an 0-3 start.

Sam Hinnant led East Carolina (2-3) with 25 points, and Gabe Blair finished with 14 for the Pirates.

South Florida built a 14-point lead midway through the first half, but East Carolina rallied behind the long-range shooting of Hinnant. The junior guard connected from behind the arc for the sixth time in the closing moments of the half to put the Pirates ahead 34-33.

But Verdejo answered with a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to give South Florida a 39-36 halftime advantage.

The Bulls slowly rebuilt their lead in the second half.


? USF went 7-of-20 from 3-point range and have now hit seven or more 3-pointers in five of its six games.
? Junior guard Jesus Verdejo had a team-high 20 points, tying his career high set 12/17/06 vs. Norfolk State. He also made a career high four 3-pointers in on a career-high seven attempts.
? True Freshman Orane Chin tallied a career-high 17 points, besting his previous high of 13 set 11/16/07 vs. Rhode Island. He also pulled down seven rebounds.
? Senior center Kentrell Gransberry tallied his third double-double of the season, notching 15 points and 10 rebounds. It was the 15th double-double of his career. He also has double figure rebounds in four of five games played.
? Sophomore guard Chris Howard was one assist shy of his second double-double of the season. He scored 12 points and had nine assists with just one turnover.
? True freshman Dominique Jones put together a good all-around game, tallying 11 points with eight rebounds and six assists.

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