TAMPA — For all the losses USF has taken since joining the Big East in 2005, you'd be hard-pressed to find one uglier than Georgetown's 65-40 drubbing on Wednesday night.
"There's no way to sugarcoat this one. We just got it handed to us," said coach Stan Heath, whose Bulls matched the third-fewest points scored in any game in the program's 38-year history.
"It's about as poorly as we've played all year long. … It was inexcusable some of the things … our inability to make a free throw, to finish a layup, several open shots."
The Bulls, facing a Georgetown team that had lost seven of its past eight games, made the Hoyas look like the Top 10 team they were last month, disappointing an announced crowd of 7,015.
How ugly was it? USF (8-17, 3-10) didn't score its first point for more than five minutes and finished converting just 31.9 percent of its shots while allowing Georgetown to hit 58.1 percent. The final margin was a point shy of USF's most lopsided Big East loss.
Hoyas coach John Thompson III was surprised at how easily his team was able to stay in control after a 16-0 run put it up 31-13 late in the first half.
"Very few teams, no team has come in here and been able to get and sustain a lead against them," Thompson said. "Our focus and our effort, there weren't as many hills and valleys as we've been seeing."
USF's leading scorer, guard Dominique Jones, finished with 12 points, went scoreless in the final 16 minutes and finishing 5-for-16 from the field. The Bulls' No. 2 scorer, guard Jesus Verdejo, went 0-for-7 from the field, finishing with zero points in 29 minutes.
"Jesus Verdejo goes zero, I don't think we can win a game," Heath said. "It could be the Little Sisters of the Poor, and it's going to be a problem. The same is true with Dominique. … Two of our better guys who are carrying us in so many ways, on the same night, they didn't have their A games, their B games. For Zeus, I'm not even sure that was his C or D game."
USF guard Chris Howard went 6-for-8 on free throws, but the rest of the Bulls went 3-for-15, including 1-for-5 showings from Jones and center Alex Rivas. Guard Chris Wright led Georgetown with 17 points, and freshman center Greg Monroe had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulls can't dwell on the loss, as they have a trip to face No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday.
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