The University of South Florida’s Basketball team is above .500 as they opened their season against Florida A&M. South Florida previously lost its first four games last season and now has a winning record for the first time since December 18, 2014. University of South Florida Bulls outplayed Florida A&M Rattlers but were plagued by fouls. South Florida Bulls dominated Texas A&M 84-73. Bulls played before a Sun Dome crowd of 3,106.
South Florida was forced to play without their star point guard Jahmal McMurray, who was suspended only three weeks ago. University of South Florida was strong in the first half but nearly buckled under pressure in the second half and ended up with 16 turnovers. USF’s new player Tulio Da Silva, who scored nine points, was fouled out as the two teams collected 23 fouls. South Florida also lost their veteran forward Bo Zeigler in the second half as he fouled out.
Bulls trailed 11-10 during the first five minutes of game time but bounced back with a 23-7 run that lasted for seven minutes. During the second half, Florida A&M were trying to scrape and get back into the game, which almost worked as they pulled within five midway in the second half. USF got lazy in the second half but managed to have a 47-32 rebounding advantage. The Bulls struggled to shoot from the field, only making 53 percent of their shots.
South Florida’s 84 points was the most points in a season opener since November 2002. The Bulls made 70 percent of their free throws. South Florida’s Bo Zeigler delivered a strong performance with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes of game time. South Florida’s Ruben Guerrero scored 13 points and delivered USF a double double. USF will now face Elon next Thursday, with the hopes of improving defensively and offensively as they seek to add onto their wins.