TAMPA — Six nights after a feel-good opener, the feel-grim vibes resurfaced at the Sun Dome.
Unable to neutralize Elon's 3-point clinic or their own turnover propensity, the Bulls fell 74-61 Thursday to a squad picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Colonial Athletic Association.
Before a generously announced Sun Dome crowd of 2,206, the Bulls (1-1) had more turnovers (10) than field goals (nine) in the first half. Four of Elon's 10 3s came during a 16-0 first-half run that pushed its lead to 24-12.
"We needed to have a little bit more sense of desperation to get out there with a high hand to make sure that we were … contesting the shots," Bulls coach Orlando Antigua said. "I think they got too comfortable."
USF cut its deficit to seven, but Luke Eddy's 3 gave the Phoenix a 34-24 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
The Bulls finished with 19 turnovers. Four players scored in double figures for Elon (2-1). Guard Geno Thorpe led USF with 16, and freshman Michael Bibby added 15.
GATORS HOLD ON: KeVaughn Allen and Canyon Barry each scored 16 to help Florida hold off St. Bonaventure 73-66 in Lakeland. Barry, youngest son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, gave UF (3-0) a 60-45 lead with three straight 3s midway through the second half. He made three free throws in the final minute after the Bonnies (1-1) had erased the Gators' 15-point lead. "Canyon came to the rescue," coach Mike White said. "He stepped up and made some huge shots for us." UF's next game is Monday against Belmont at Amalie Arena.
7-foot-6 FALL LEADS UCF: Sophomore Tacko Fall, the NCAA's tallest player at 7 feet 6, had a career-high 26 points and 12 rebounds in UCF's 86-61 win over Mississippi State at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic. Fall made 13 of 17, eight on dunks. He helped the Knights (2-0) open a 29-point lead in the first half.
NO. 3 'NOVA 76, W. MICH. 65: Eric Paschall had 17 points, including a 3 with 2:50 left, to lift the Wildcats (3-0) at the Charleston Classic.
WOMEN: Crystal Dangerfield scored 19, Katie Lou Samuelson added 16 and No. 3 UConn (2-0) extended its winning streak to 77 games with a 72-61 win at home over No. 2 Baylor (2-1). … Shakayla Thomas had 15 of her 20 points in the first half as No. 12 FSU (2-1) beat visiting Jacksonville 90-47.
Football: Houston stuns No. 3 Louisville
HOUSTON — Duke Catalon had three touchdowns and Houston's defense hurried and harassed Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson all night to propel the Cougars to a 36-10 upset that dashed No. 3 Louisville's playoff hopes. Louisville (9-2) entered ranked fifth in the CFP rankings but was outdone by a Houston team (9-2) that saw its own playoff hopes foiled by two losses to unranked teams after a 5-0 start.
GATOR CHARGED WITH KICKING SCOOTERS: Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro is facing misdemeanor charges that he damaged two scooters. The UF Police Department filed its report Nov. 7 with the State Attorney's Office. Witnesses saw Pineiro "pushing over scooters that were next to his" in an on-campus parking lot, said the report, which alleges misdemeanor charges of property damage. Pineiro damaged two scooters by "kicking them and then ripping off the side mirrors." The damage is estimated at $800. UF spokesman Steve McClain said there had been no change to Pineiro's status for Saturday's game at LSU. Coach Jim McElwain was asked whether Pineiro was in trouble and replied, "You know something I don't know?"
Information from Times wires was used in this report.