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USF Bulls men's basketball loses to Oral Roberts in San Juan Shootout finale

TOA BAJA, Puerto Rico — In another game at another time, Dominique Jones' 3-pointer might have been a big score.

Monday, it was just another basket, and it didn't mean anything other than blinking the lights on the scoreboard with 13:21 left in the game.

It was Jones' first basket of the night, and his USF team was already woefully behind Oral Roberts in what became an 86-63 loss in the final game of the San Juan Shootout.

Jones, USF's leading scorer, was shut out in Sunday's 60-43 loss to Wright State. He finished Monday's game with eight points, working hard to get them. He made only 3 of 11 shots, 1-of-6 from the 3-point line.

"He's scratching his head and wondering what's going on," USF coach Stan Heath said. "As coaches, we're wondering, too, how to get him going. We also have to find our three and four options to help him out."

Option No. 2 is Jesus Verdejo, who scored 18 for the Bulls (4-7). Meanwhile, Oral Roberts' Robert Jarvis was sensational, scoring 34, including 7 of 9 3-pointers.

The Bulls never led, although Mobolaji Ajayi's two free throws tied it at 2 with 18:12 left in the first half. The Golden Eagles (3-10) held a 16-point halftime lead and led by as many as 27 in the second half.

"We hoped this weekend would be a springboard for us," Heath said. "The last two games haven't been that way. We'll take off a couple of days then get together again Christmas night."

Oral Roberts 86

USF 63

USF Bulls men's basketball loses to Oral Roberts in San Juan Shootout finale 12/22/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 3:20pm]
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