USF drops fourth straight, falls to FIU

by Gary Shelton on December 12, 2017 · 0 comments

in Basketball, USF

Da Silva reacts to a missed free throw./CARMEN MANDATO

Da Silva reacts to a missed free throw./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 2 a.m.

The USF men's basketball team lost for the fourth straight time Monday night, falling 65-53 to Florida International.

USF, 4-6,shot 33 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers in the loss. It was the Bulls' first game in nine days.

"Give FIU credit," said USF coach Brian Gregory. "To start the second half, they really came out and executed their offense well. I thought we defended them exceptionally

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Stephan Jiggetts passes to a USF teammate./CARMEN MANDATO

Stephan Jiggetts passes to a USF teammate./CARMEN MANDATO

well the first half. I think they made five of their first seven shots and we had a couple poor executions, a couple turnovers in that mix. Then it was kind of fighting an uphill battle the whole way."

USF led 25-24, but FIU went on 10-2 run to grab the lead.

Isaiah Manderson led USF in scoring with 12./CARMEN MANDATO

Isaiah Manderson led USF in scoring with 12./CARMEN MANDATO

Tulio Da Silva had 17 rebounds for USF.

Isaiah Manderson scored 12 points for the Bulls on six-of-eight shooting. Stephan Jiggetts scored 10 points.

"I commend Tulio because I've been on him about his rebounding, especially on the offensive end," Gregory said. "He gets five offensive rebounds, 17 total."

Gregory yells instructions to players./CARMEN MANDATO

Gregory yells instructions to players./CARMEN MANDATO

Overall, Gregory talked about the rest of the season.

"We've got a long way to go, but we're not too far off in some areas," Gregory said. "We just need to get some consistency. Consistency in our work ethic on a daily basis, which will then give us the best opportunity to have consistency come game time."

USF continues its five-game home stand with a test against Bethune-Cookman on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Terrence Samual lays in a basket for the Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

Terrence Samuel lays in a basket for the Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

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