NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Head coach Stan Heath of the South Florida Bulls talks to his team during a timeout against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

USF Vs. Penn State Preview: Bulls Looking For Fourth Win Of Season

The USF Bulls (3-1) face the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1) in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament this Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.

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Bulls Lose Low-Scoring Affair With Penn State

The University of South Florida Bulls men's basketball team was denied a second consecutive opportunity to win their fourth game of the season Sunday afternoon, losing to Penn State in a low-scoring affair, 53-49, in their second game of the 2011 Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. With the loss, the Bulls fall to 3-2 on the young season.

The hot-shooting Tim Frazier scored 27 of the Nittany Lions' 53 points on 8-of-15 from the floor, 1-of-3 from 3-point range and 10-of-15 from the foul line. The remainder of Penn State's starters scored a total of five points on 1-of-11 shooting from the field. Both teams struggled in the assist-to-turnover department, as USF totaled 19 turnovers to only four assists and Penn State managed only five assists, but committed five fewer turnovers than the Bulls.

None of the Bulls' starters scored in double digits, though bench players Blake Nash and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick scored 11 and 14 points respectively. Fitzpatrick also had 10 of the team's 27 total rebounds. Penn State shot 37 percent to USF's 34 percent from the field. Both teams shot a measly 25 percent from 3-point range. The Bulls shot a better percentage from the free throw line with more attempts, but were unable to overcome Frazier's hot-shooting game.

The Bulls will again look to hit win number four on the season Wednesday against the Georgia Southern Eagles.

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USF and Penn State Played A Horrible Half Of Basketball

I honestly hope the 2nd half of the 3rd Place Game in the Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame Tip-off goes better than the first or I might fall asleep from pure boredom. In a half in which the only word to describe the style of play is shambolic, the USF Bulls and the Penn State Nittany Lions are tied at 17. How they each got to 17 points I really have no idea, because at multiple times this half I nodded off due to shear boredom.

Both teams shot under 30% from the field in the first half, and the only positive thing that I can come up with is that both teams did an excellent job making their free throws.

One thing to watch for is the status of Augustus Gilchrist, who looked like he injured his shoulder late in the first half.

Here's hoping the 2nd half is more entertaining than the first.

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USF Vs. Penn State Preview: Bulls Looking For Fourth Win Of Season

The USF Bulls (3-1) face the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1) in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament this Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.

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