USF storms out to 36-13 halftime lead on Cal
It's a big enough first half we felt compelled to give it a headline on the blog -- USF basketball is dominating Cal in the NCAA First Four in Dayton, building a 36-13 lead on the Golden Bears.
USF held Cal scoreless for the final seven minutes of the half, ending it on a 14-0 run. It's the best defensive half all season for the Bulls -- Florida Southern had managed 16 points against the Bulls and Penn State 17. It's also the biggest halftime lead of the season for USF. Freshman Anthony Collins leads the Bulls with 10 points, and forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick has four assists as the Bulls are shooting 67 percent from the field while holding Cal to 20.8 percent from the field (5-for-24).
Iona was up 25 late in the first half on BYU on this very court Tuesday night, so the Bulls need to sustain their play, but it's looking promising for the Bulls getting their first-ever NCAA Tournament win and advancing to Friday night in Nashville against fifth-seeded Temple.