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1148139 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-01-28 04:24:16.0 UTC 2011-01-27T23:24:16.000-05:00 usf-bulls-earn-second-big-east-victory-71-60-over-depaul-blue-demons Published 2011-01-28 05:20:40.0 UTC 2011-01-28T00:20:40.000-05:00 sports/basketball/college DTI 71371243 TAMPA — USF coach Stan Heath has talked about the need for his team to get that final big run in a game, that "last knockout punch" to seal a victory. And in the Bulls' 71-60 win over DePaul on Thursday night at the Sun Dome, they finally got one, with sophomore guard Jawanza Poland delivering some of the biggest blows. Poland had two highlight-reel dunks and an alley-oop pass during a 12-3 second-half run, helping USF hand DePaul its eighth consecutive loss and extend its conference losing streak to 21 games. "I thought Poland was a lightning rod out there for us with some of the energetic plays he made," Heath said. "As much as the dunks were really, really impressive, I thought the passing-lane deflections and really the defensive intensity is what I really liked the most." One big key for USF (8-14, 2-7 Big East) was handling DePaul's pressure and cutting down on turnovers, which have plagued the Bulls all season. They entered Thursday with the nation's worst turnover margin (minus-5.9) but committed just five in the first half while taking a 10-point lead. USF had 13 overall; DePaul had 14. "We finally won that (turnover battle)," Heath said. "That was a big difference for us." Several Bulls stepped up. Forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, a Tampa native, scored 11 off the bench, and guard Hugh Robertson led the way with 16 points, including a big 3-pointer in the waning minutes when DePaul had cut its deficit to six. "That, I thought, was the dagger," Heath said. But when the Blue Demons' press began to get to the Bulls late, Poland's big plays helped give them breathing room. First, there was a coast-to-coast drive and dunk with about five minutes left, which extended USF's lead to 10 and wowed the announced crowd of 3,465. Less than a minute later, Poland stole a pass at midcourt and cruised in, spinning for a reverse dunk. "Ballgame," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell deadpanned. Considering how rough the Big East season has been for USF, facing the last-place Blue Demons (6-14, 0-8) was a welcome reprieve. In beating DePaul for the fifth straight time, the Bulls have some momentum heading into Wednesday's road game in Providence, the only other conference team they've beaten. "We needed this win," Heath said. "If you're going to have a week off, you want to feel good about yourself. And having a win does that." Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com. By Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer College,Basketball,latest-sports,breaking-news,USF,Sports USF Bulls earn second Big East victory, 71-60 over DePaul Blue Demons JHIATTN Jawanza Poland leads a late surge that helps the Bulls hold off Big East doormat DePaul. 4STC Sports 2 Star A finishing touch <p>USF 71</p><p>DePaul 60</p> 1 sp_usfbkb012811-2STC A finishing touch 2011-01-28 05:00:00.0 UTC 2011-01-28T00:00:00.000-05:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/01/27/71371243-usf-bulls-earn-second-big-east-victory-71-60-over-depaul-blue-demons StaffArticle sports,basketballBasketballsports,basketball,collegeCollege Basketballsports,usfUSF SportsTAMPA — USF coach Stan Heath has talked about the need for his team to get that final big run in a game, that "last knockout punch" to seal a victory.College,Basketball,latest-sports,breaking-news,USF,SportsCollege,Basketball,latest-sports,breaking-news,USF,SportsJoe Smith 380299 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 joe-smith published Joe Smith <p>Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the <i>Tampa Bay</i> <i>Times</i><i> </i>in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2006 after spending two years with the<i> Modesto Bee</i> in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the<i> Michigan Daily</i>. He freelanced for the Associated Press and <i>Detroit Free Press</i> before securing internships at <i>Crain's Detroit Business</i> and the <i>Raleigh News </i><i>& Observer</i>. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745475 Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the Times in 2006 after spending two years with the Modesto Bee in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the Michigan Daily. He freelanced for the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press before securing internships at Crain's Detroit Business and the Raleigh News & Observer. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke. <p>Phone: (813) 310 9024</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:joesmith@tampabay.com ">joesmith@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blogs: </p><p><a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/">Lightning Strikes</a></p> 1 (St. Petersburg 4/4/2007)&#10;Facebook picture of Joe Smith.&#10;(John Pendygraft | TIMES) /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Joe_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745475-joe-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">JOE SMITH</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2287513 2016-07-31 00:22:27.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago bats-happ-carry-blue-jays-into-al-east-lead sports Bats, Happ carry Blue Jays into AL East lead StaffArticle 2280265 2016-06-04 02:35:15.0 UTC 3 Months Ago seminoles-offense-pounds-out-win-to-open-ncaa-baseball-region sports/colleges Gator offense pounces early in NCAA baseball region victory over Bethune StaffArticle 2280332 2016-06-05 00:40:13.0 UTC 3 Months Ago rays-wait-out-rain-to-win-second-straight-over-twins sports/baseball/rays Rays wait out rain to win second straight over Twins StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — USF coach Stan Heath has talked about the need for his team to get that final big run in a game, that &quot;last knockout punch&quot; to seal a victory.</p> <p>And in the Bulls' 71-60 win over DePaul on Thursday night at the Sun Dome, they finally got one, with sophomore guard Jawanza Poland delivering some of the biggest blows.</p> <p>Poland had two highlight-reel dunks and an alley-oop pass during a 12-3 second-half run, helping USF hand DePaul its eighth consecutive loss and extend its conference losing streak to 21 games.</p> <p>&quot;I thought Poland was a lightning rod out there for us with some of the energetic plays he made,&quot; Heath said. &quot;As much as the dunks were really, really impressive, I thought the passing-lane deflections and really the defensive intensity is what I really liked the most.&quot;</p> <p>One big key for USF (8-14, 2-7 Big East) was handling DePaul's pressure and cutting down on turnovers, which have plagued the Bulls all season. They entered Thursday with the nation's worst turnover margin (minus-5.9) but committed just five in the first half while taking a 10-point lead. USF had 13 overall; DePaul had 14.</p> <p>&quot;We finally won that (turnover battle),&quot; Heath said. &quot;That was a big difference for us.&quot;</p> <p>Several Bulls stepped up. Forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, a Tampa native, scored 11 off the bench, and guard Hugh Robertson led the way with 16 points, including a big 3-pointer in the waning minutes when DePaul had cut its deficit to six. &quot;That, I thought, was the dagger,&quot; Heath said.</p> <p>But when the Blue Demons' press began to get to the Bulls late, Poland's big plays helped give them breathing room.</p> <p>First, there was a coast-to-coast drive and dunk with about five minutes left, which extended USF's lead to 10 and wowed the announced crowd of 3,465. Less than a minute later, Poland stole a pass at midcourt and cruised in, spinning for a reverse dunk.</p> <p>&quot;Ballgame,&quot; DePaul coach Oliver Purnell deadpanned.</p> <p>Considering how rough the Big East season has been for USF, facing the last-place Blue Demons (6-14, 0-8) was a welcome reprieve. In beating DePaul for the fifth straight time, the Bulls have some momentum heading into Wednesday's road game in Providence, the only other conference team they've beaten.</p> <p>&quot;We needed this win,&quot; Heath said. &quot;If you're going to have a week off, you want to feel good about yourself. And having a win does that.&quot;</p> <p><i>Joe Smith can be reached at </i><i>joesmith@</i><i>sptimes.com.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:58:09