Marquette loss drops Bulls to .500, 1-7 in Big East
USF's Big East struggles continued Monday night with a 63-50 loss at Marquette, one that has the Bulls back at 10-10 overall and alone in last place in the conference standings. Here's the full story from Tuesday's Times.
The Bulls kept close in the first half, but a rough shooting night by USF's key players -- Anthony Collins went 0-for-8 from the field, Jawanza Poland 1-for-8 and even freshman Zach LeDay went 2-for-10. Freshman guard JaVontae Hawkins continued his strong play of late with a career-best 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
Defensively, USF could not contain Marquette's Vander Blue, who went off for 30 points on 13-for-20 shooting. The Bulls held the Golden Eagles to 2-for-15 shooting on 3-pointers, but Marquette did well enough with layups and inside shots to shoot 55 percent as a team -- the third straight Bulls opponent to hit 52 percent or better.
USF has a short break before playing Sunday at Connecticut, then returning home to face Marquette again next Wednesday.