So close ... Marquette pulls away from USF
Again, USF found itself neck and neck with a top-tier Big East team for about 35 minutes or so, only to see its opponent pull away down the stretch. On Wednesday, the Bulls were tied 42-42 with Marquette in the Bradley Center with 5:10 to play, but stars Kentrell Gransberry and Dominique Jones fouled out and the Golden Eagles got three late 3-pointers from Wesley Matthews, escaping with a 62-54 win.
USF remains winless on the road in three seasons of Big East play, while Marquette keeps its perfect home record intact, improving to 12-0 this season. Gransberry and Jones both played late with four fouls, with Gransberry fouling out with 4:06 to play and Jones with 2:03 remaining. They each scored 15 points to lead the Bulls, with Gransberry also getting 15 rebounds. No other players scored more than seven points, though starting guard Jesus Verdejo did not play due to a back injury.
The Bulls (10-11, 1-7) have a good chance to end their seven-game losing streak on Saturday, when they face St. John's in the Sun Dome. The two teams entered Wednesday's play tied for last place in the Big East standings, with the loss giving USF the bottom to itself.