Bulls stop scoring, drop game to Eastern Michigan

by Gary Shelton on November 27, 2017 · 0 comments

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Gregory's team went cold in defeat./CARMEN MANDATO

Gregory's team went cold in defeat./CARMEN MANDATO

Monday, 2 a.m.

USF was cruising along Sunday afternoon. Then it ran out of gas.

The Bulls, 4-3, saw Eastern Michigan pull away for a 65-47 victory.

There for a while, things were going well for USF. The Bulls led 37-29 with 16:04 left in the second half. But USF would go eight minutes without scoring, and would manage only 10 more points the

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Banks led the Bulls with 10 points.'CARMEN MANDATO

Banks led the Bulls with 10 points.'CARMEN MANDATO

rest of the half. USF  shot 14 for 48 (29.2 percent) from the field. The 47 points was USF's lowest offensive output of the season.

Peyton Banks had 10 points for USF.

Da Silva tries to tip in a rebound./CARMEN MANDATO

Da Silva tries to tip in a rebound./CARMEN MANDATO

Eastern Michigan went on a 18-2 run to take over the game.

“Give Rob (Murphy) and his team a ton of credit,” said USF coach Brian Gregory. I thought we did a great job defensively and rebounding-wise in the first half. Too many turnovers for us in the first half with 11, but I thought we were really good defensively. That’s how we’re going to have to compete in games, especially when you play better teams, higher quality teams like Eastern is.”

“It’s very similar to our two other losses. We’re going to struggle at times to put the ball in the basket. Some of that is personnel driven, some of that is because of all the newness and different things like that. Sometimes we just don’t shoot the ball well, and that’s going to happen. What we have to do is hang our hat on the defensive end, the rebounding, and sharing the basketball.”

USF travels to North Carolina for two games. The Bulls visit Elon on Thursday and Appalachain State on Saturday.

Collins looks for an opening for USF./CARMEN MANDATO

Collins looks for an opening for USF./CARMEN MANDATO

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