Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF Bulls fall to No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowboys 61-49

Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash leans into USF’s Kore White to take a first-half shot.

Associated Press

Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash leans into USF’s Kore White to take a first-half shot.

STILLWATER, Okla. — USF's defense was impressive, holding a ranked and likely NCAA Tournament-bound opponent to its fewest points of the season.

But the Bulls offense failed to make the defensive performance matter.

Poor shooting never allowed USF to get into a rhythm as it lost 61-49 at No. 23 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

The Bulls (5-3) shot 34 percent, their worst this season. The strong defensive effort allowed them to stay within one possession of the Cowboys for most of the game, but the home team used an 18-4 run midway through the second half to put victory out of reach.

The game marked the first time USF had used the same starting lineup more than once.

"We just couldn't make shots," USF coach Stan Heath said. "I think they are good defensively, but I thought we had some really good looks that just didn't go down. We didn't keep pace."

Forward Victor Rudd led the Bulls with 14 points and added six rebounds, but the point guards delivered the key matchup of the game.

Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart, projected by some as an NBA lottery pick, and USF's Anthony Collins went back-and-forth making plays throughout the night. Smart finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Collins scored 12 to go with four assists and four steals.

"If I weren't coaching the game, I would have had a blast watching (Collins) and Smart go at each other," Heath said. "That was a great matchup. I thought they jammed the lane up, but Collins keeps coming at you. After a while, he did get in there and make some things happen."

Lack of size was an issue for the Bulls. The Cowboys outrebounded them 41-28, and Heath said he would likely have to rotate who starts at center the rest of the season to find a fit.

Attacking inside on offense is a point of emphasis for USF, something Rudd said he is striving to do more.

"We've got to learn to get to the basket more," Rudd said. "Right now we have only one or two guys driving to the basket.

"Oklahoma State is a good team, and I think we did well. We know we could have beat them, but things happen."

USF Bulls fall to No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowboys 61-49 12/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:15am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Exposé 'Champions Way' uses FSU to illustrate bad behavior in college programs

    College

    While the entire college football universe was focused on a sexual assault allegation against quarterback Jameis Winston during Florida State's 2013 national title run, another off-field scandal was playing out quietly.

     Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the game between Florida State Seminoles and the University of Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
  2. Charlie Strong, Gulf High and the best (old) Jon Gruden-Tennessee rumor

    Blogs

    As Butch Jones keeps losing, Tennessee Vols fans are turning to one of the media's favorite pastimes.

  3. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  4. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  5. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Vernon Hargreaves needs to improve

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and coach Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, throwing an incompletion under pressure after replacing injured Jameis Winston against the Cardinals,  would start this Sunday in Buffalo if Winston’s shoulder is still bothering him.