Make us your home page

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 wins at Temple

PHILADELPHIA — USF won a battle of attrition to defeat Temple 82-75 Thursday night and might have discovered how to make the most of a nine-player rotation in a game in which healthy bodies proved to be the difference.

Related News/Archive

USF (10-6, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) ended a two-game losing streak and pulled out of the conference basement. Temple (5-8, 0-3), struggling with a rash of injuries, had eight players to start the game, but point guard Will Cummings left in the first half with a concussion.

It's the first time USF has been 4-0 on the road.

The Bulls, who looked to find their rhythm throughout a first half that ended tied at 34, wore down Temple in the second half with a late run that gave them the lead for the rest of the game with just under six minutes left.

Musa Abdul-Aleem's 3-pointer gave the Bulls the lead for good at 70-69, capping a run after Temple seemingly took a commanding 66-56 advantage.

Temple closed to 77-74 in the final minute, but the Bulls effective worked the ball around the perimeter and sealed the win when Victor Rudd calmly sank a foul-line jumper with two seconds left on the shot clock and 29 in the game.

Five Bulls scored in double figures. Rudd had a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds.

"I know I had to make that shot,'' Rudd said. "If I didn't, it could have been trouble. We knew at halftime (Temple) didn't have many guys dressed, but we also knew we had to keep plugging away.

"We got down at times, but we just kept working the ball and believed in each other."

Coach Stan Heath was impressed with the effort up front. The Bulls scored 50 in the paint and outrebounded Temple 40-30. John Egbunu had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Josh Heath, the coach's son from Tampa Prep, debuted with five assists and no turnovers in 19 minutes.

"This was a huge win for us," Stan Heath said. "We started slow, but we knew we had to keep working. We had some nice play from our guards, and our big men crashed the boards all night.''

USF wins at Temple 01/09/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Ramus to DL, Peterson back, no further moves


    We were expecting a flurry of roster moves this afternoon and we got one. OF Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.

    Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.
  2. Jameis Winston stats: How the Bucs QB performed under pressure


    Every quarterback's performance declines when he faces pressure from the defense.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston faced pressure on more than 30 percent of his pass plays last season. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Could Lightning deal for a defenseman today?


    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has been trying to further bolster his blueline, and he may have a chance to acquire one by tonight's first round of the NHL Draft.

    The Lightning is reportedly in on Travis Hamonic (Islanders), though New York is rumored to be asking for two-first round picks.
  4. SI ranks Quinton Flowers on top 100, above Deondre Francois


    Sports Illustrated's ongoing countdown of the top 100 players in college football includes some high praise for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers.

  5. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft


    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]