Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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USF tops Bowling Green to stay unbeaten

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — USF didn't need three overtimes this season against Bowling Green State.

Last season the Bulls posted an 87-84 win over the Falcons in three overtimes. Friday night USF needed only 40 minutes to beat the Falcons 75-61.

Victor Rudd and Corey Allen led a second-half surge for the Bulls. After scoring only three points in the first half, Rudd finished with 16.

Allen scored a game-high 19, nine in the final eight minutes.

It was USF coach Stan Heath's 200th career victory.

Every time Bowling Green got close in the second half, Rudd or Allen had the answer. Rudd's 3-pointer gave USF (3-0) a 66-53 lead, then Allen's three-point play with 2:06 left sealed the outcome.

USF's Anthony Collins made his season debut at point guard after missing two games with a left knee injury. Collins scored seven, all in the second half, and played 26 minutes off the bench.

"How about Collins?" Heath said. "I said I was going to play him about 10 minutes, and the next thing you know I can't get him off the floor. He hit a big three and had a couple of great passes."

After Josh Gomez tied the score for the Falcons at 27 with 2:31 left in the first half, the Bulls closed the half with an 8-1 run to take a 35-28 lead. John Egbunu, a 6-foot-10 freshman, was a force inside for the Bulls in the first half, with 12 points and four offensive rebounds. He did not score in the second half.

"Johnny Egbunu had a coming-out party; he was fantastic," Heath said.

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