Dominique Jones driving layup with 15.9 seconds to go put the Bulls ahead, for good, as they held on for a 57-56 upset victory over No. 8 Marquette Friday night at the Sun dome.
Jesus Verdejo scored 21 points, and Dominique Jones finished with 15 as USF got its first win over a top 10 ranked opponent in the programs history. The previous high was an 81-76 win at No. 15 Tulane on Feb. 24, 1992.
"It's very special, one of the more special wins I've ever had in my career," said Bulls Head Coach Stan Heath.
The Bulls led by as many as 10 in the first half, but Marquette rallied to close the deficit to 32-28 at the half. Marquette took the lead in the second half after a 13-4 run with just over 8 minutes left. After a lay-up by Jones, Verdejo scored the Bulls next 11 points to tie the game at 55 apiece.
Marquette retook the lead 56-55 after a free throw, before Jones lay-up gave the Bulls the lead again 57-56 with under 16 seconds left. Wesley Matthews missed shot, but the Eagles had one more shot when Lazar Hayward grabbed the rebound, but the game was over after his short tip-in rolled off the rim as time ran out.
Jerel McNeal led Marquette with 22 points and Dominic James and Matthews had 11 apiece, but Marquette was 4-for-24 on 3-point attempts and shot a lowly 10-of-23 from the foul line.
"We never give up. We never quit. We always keep fighting. Now teams have got to know that whenever they come to the Sun Dome, they're going to have a fight for 40 minutes," said guard Jesus Verdejo.
The Bulls had three players in double digit points, led by senior guard Jesus Verdejo with a game-high 21. Dominique Jones added 15, and Chris Howard 10.
Junior center Alex Rivas pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Jones also added five rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Dominique Jones continues to move up the all-time USF scoring list. With 15 points vs. Marquette he has moved into 21st all-time with 930 points.
With 21 points Jesus Verdejo passed four players to move into 33rd on the all-time USF scoring list with 767 points.
Up Next: The Bulls remain at home to face Providence on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome.
USF Upsets No. 8 Marquette, 57-56
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