USF Vs. Syracuse: Bulls Fall To Orange 56-48

Scoop Jardine had 15 points as the #2 Syracuse Orange (28-1, 15-1) pulled away from the USF Bulls (17-11, 10-5).

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USF Vs. Syracuse: Bulls Fall To Orange 56-48

Scoop Jardine had 15 points to lead all scorers as the #2 Syracuse Orange (28-1, 15-1) defeated the USF Bulls (17-11, 10-5) 56-48 tonight at the Carrier Dome. C.J. Fair chipped in 13 points while Kris Joseph added 12 points for the Orange. Freshman PG Anthony Collins had 12 points and 10 assists to lead the Bulls while Toarlyn Fitzpatrick had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The Bulls raced out to an 20-7 lead with 8:52 to go in the first half, but the Orange went into a full court press, and the Bulls could not figure it out, turning the ball over 12 times in the first half. Syracuse went on a 26-0 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 33-20 lead with 17:32 left in the game.

The Bulls slowly but surely whittled down the lead to 3 points with 7:14 to go after a Toarlyn Fitzpatrick layup, but the sequence of the game happened 2 and a half minutes later. Augustus Gilchrist missed a three pointer with 4:54 remaining and fouled Scoop Jardine for a three-point play on the other end to make its a six point game. The Bulls were unable to make get it any closer, and the Orange slowly pulled away for the win.

The Bulls will next take on the Cincinnati Bearcats this Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tipoff is schedule for 12:00 PM.

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USF Trails Syracuse 24-20 At Halftime

The USF Bulls rushed out to an 18-5 lead against the 2nd ranked Syracuse Orange, but failed to register a point in the last 8:54 in the half and trail SU 24-20 at halftime in the Carrier Dome. Scoop Jardine leads all scorers with 8 points, while C.J. Fair has 7 points and Dion Waters has 5 points for SU. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick has 6 points to lead the Bulls while Augustus Gilchrist and Anthony Collins has 4 points a piece for USF.

USF did a fantastic job working against the 2-3 zone of Syracuse at the beginning of the half, using the entire shot clock to find a high percentage shot and knocking it down. The USF defense was just as good, playing tight man to man defense and keeping the Orange to only one shot per possession. The Bulls have an impressive 21-11 rebounding advantage, including 6 offensive boards.

Momentum switched when Syracuse switched to a full court press, and the Bulls were clearly not ready for it. The Bulls committed 12 turnovers in the first half, and when they were able to break the press. USF's shot selection went out the window, leading to easy transition buckets for SU.

The Bulls have three players in foul trouble, with Anthony Collins, Jawanza Polan, and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick each saddled with two fouls. C.J. Fair is the only Syracuse player with 2 fouls.

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USF Vs. Syracuse: On The Bubble, Bulls Look For Signature Win Against #2 Orange

As the Bulls creep onto the NCAA Tournament bubble, their biggest challenge of the season awaits in Syracuse.

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