Bulls lose, but freshman Collins impressive

by Gary Shelton on January 21, 2018 · 0 comments

in College Sports in Florida, general, USF

Collins finds an open man for the Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

Collins finds an open man for the Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

Sunday, 1 a.m.

Perhaps it will be remembered as another painful defeat.

And perhaps it will be remembered as the night David Collins said hello.

Overall, the night wasn't a keeper for the USF Bulls, who fell 71-69 to UCF. USF fell to 0-7 in the American Athletic Conference and 7-13 overall.

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Jiggetts scored 21 to lead USF./CARMEN MANDATO

Jiggetts scored 21 to lead USF./CARMEN MANDATO

But Collins, making his first start for USF, scored 14 points and had five assists to give the Bulls a glimmer of hope. Stephan Jiggetts scored 21 to lead the Bulls.

“I see a little bit of B.J. Taylor in David Collins," said USF coach Brian Gregory.

Brown celebrates a three-point basket./CARMEN MANDATO

Brown celebrates a three-point basket./CARMEN MANDATO

"Tough, physical guard. Shoots the ball well enough to keep you honest, but can get to the basket.”

USF led by seven at the half and had a one-point lead with four minutes to play. But B.J. Taylor scored 25 for UCF, including hitting 10 of 11 free throws, to lead the Knights to the win.

“It was a great environment here," Gregory said. "The student section had a lot of people in it, the crowd was great. Hopefully just kind of a glimpse in what we can get to. We have to do our part, and I think tonight we took some steps in that.”

Justin Taylor had 12 points for USF.

The Bulls now travel to New Orleans to play Tulane in a Thursday game. The tip-off is at 9 p.m.

Samuels reacts after a USF basketball./CARMEN MANDATO

Samuels reacts after a USF basket./CARMEN MANDATO

 

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