South Florida 78, Southern Methodist 71
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[January 29, 2014]
TAMPA, Fla. —
South Florida 78, Southern Methodist
71: Victor Rudd scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the host
Bulls to a win over the Mustangs in AAC play.
Chris Perry tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed a
team-best eight rebounds for South Florida (11-10, 2-6), which
snapped a four-game losing streak and won at home for the first time
since Dec. 19. Corey Allen Jr. added 18 points and dished out a
game-high five assists for the Bulls, who shot 53.1 percent and
outrebounded SMU 29-24.
Nic Moore's 23 points led the offense for the Mustangs (16-5, 5-3),
who saw their five-game winning streak end. Markus Kennedy
contributed 11 points and eight rebounds and Ben Moore also
registered 11 points for SMU, which committed 16 turnovers after
averaging 13.5 entering play.
South Florida shot 50 percent in the opening 20, using a 14-4 run —
led by five points from Perry — to establish a 24-20 lead late in
the half. Allen's jumper with 35 seconds remaining before
intermission gave the Bulls a 30-26 lead before a 3-pointer from
Keith Frazier pulled SMU to within 30-29 at the break.
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After Rudd opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give South
Florida a four-point edge, it would remain a one-possession game
until Rudd struck again, converting a layup with just under 4 1/2
minutes remaining to give the Bulls a 61-57 advantage. Allen drained
a 3-pointer with 2:37 to go to extend the lead to seven and the
Mustangs couldn't find an answer from there as the Bulls secured the
win by knocking down their final 15 attempts from the free throw
GAME NOTEBOOK: South Florida evened up the all-time series against
SMU at 3-3, avenging a 71-54 loss in Dallas Jan. 15. ... The
Mustangs entered play allowing opponents just 36.2 percent shooting
from the field. ... Rudd surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his
career at South Florida, becoming the 18th player in program history
to achieve the feat.
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