TAMPA — After countless abysmal evenings of huffing and puffing during the Orlando Antigua era, USF fans seemed poised to breathe much easier Monday night at the Sun Dome.
Instead, the Bulls left them gasping until the final horn.
One of the most efficient halves of Antigua's two-plus seasons nearly was offset by one of the most forgettable as the Bulls held off Kennesaw State 71-69 before an announced 2,196.
USF (3-2) went 18-of-25 from the floor (72 percent) before intermission, hitting 6 of 8 3-pointers en route to a 48-27 lead. But less than five minutes into the second half, the Owls (2-5) were within eight, and they had a chance to win at the buzzer when guard Kyle Clarke's 30-footer bounced off the back of the rim.
USF didn't convert an outside shot in the second half, finishing 6-of-18 from the floor and committing 10 turnovers in that span.
Geno Thorpe's two free throws with 25.1 seconds left gave USF a 70-66 lead. But the Bulls then hit only one of their last four free throws. Four USF players scored in double figures, led by redshirt freshman Tulio Da Silva's 17.
FSU 75, MINNESOTA 67: Jonathan Isaac got his second double double of the season (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Dwayne Bacon had 18 points for the host Seminoles (6-1). FSU had a 40-18 advantage in points in the paint.
NO. 1 KENTUCKY 115, ARIZONA ST. 69: Freshman De'Aaron Fox posted the second triple double in school history with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Wildcats (7-0) rolled in Paradise Island, Bahamas. In 1988, Chris Mills had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Austin Peay.
MEN'S POLL: At No. 24, Florida achieved its first top 25 ranking since November of 2014, when it was No. 18.
WOMEN'S POLL: Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two, while Colorado, Auburn and Texas A&M entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.
HARBAUGH REPRIMANDED: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's postgame rant on the officiating after a loss to Ohio State on Saturday drew a public reprimand from the Big Ten and $10,000 institutional fine for the school. The conference said Harbaugh violated its sportsmanship policy.
BAYLOR: Jim Grobe, who has been the acting coach to help the Bears get through a tumultuous season, said he does not want the full-time job.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.