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South Florida falls at the finish 86-84

Chris Capers' five-foot jumper in the lane with two seconds to play gave Jacksonville an 86-84 victory over South Florida on Thursday night. Capers' shot spoiled a dramatic rally by the Bulls, who trailed by 12 points, 80-68, with 2:49 to play. But South Florida (17-9, 9-5 in the Sun Belt) tied the game on a three-pointer by Marvin Taylor with 12 seconds to go.

Jacksonville (12-15, 5-9) immediately brought the ball upcourt. Dee Brown was surrounded by three Bulls but got the ball to Capers, who manuevered for the winning shot.

Brown's 29 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and six steals paced the Dolphins, who won their fourth straight.

South Florida, which already had clinched second place in the Sun Belt and has one regular-season game remaining (Saturday at Miami), was paced by sophomore guard Radenko Dobras' 24 points. Senior center Hakim Shahid scored 21 points and had a career-high 25 rebounds, and broke the USF record for career rebounds with 834, snapping Curtis Kitchen's previous record of 816.

Shahid also took over seventh place on the all-time Sun Belt rebounding list, and broke the USF single-season mark of 302. He now has 324 rebounds this season.

In only his third game back after returning from a head-on collision with Old Dominion's Anthony Carver last week, Taylor had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. Sophomore forward Fred Lewis scored 14 points and nine rebounds for South Florida.

JU shot 54 percent from the field for the game, while South Florida shot 48 percent.

South Florida shot 44 percent from the field in the first half with Dobras going 7-for-10 from the field. In the second half, Shahid went on a run, scoring 13 of 15 South Florida points during a 7{-minute span. Shahid had 17 points in the second half.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't win, but I'm not disappointed in the effort of our guys and how hard they played in Jacksonville," said USF coach Bobby Paschal. "Jacksonville had people who shot the ball really well and they made the big shots. I felt Hakim's (Shahid) performance was great. I was pleased with the whole group's rebounding effort."

Capers scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Three other Dolphins in double digits were Reggie Law and Curtis Taylor with 12 and Tyrone Boykin with 11.

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