Failing to find their touch at the 3-point and free-throw lines, USF’s men fell to Wichita State, 65-55, Thursday night before a Koch Arena crowd of 10,098 for their third consecutive defeat.
The frigid shooting performance thwarted an otherwise solid effort by the Bulls (11-15, 4-9 American Athletic Conference), who didn’t arrive in Wichita until 2 a.m. Thursday due to travel issues.
USF committed only six second-half turnovers, held the Shockers to seven offensive rebounds and limited the hosts to a 6-for-22 effort (27.3 percent) from long range. Wichita State (20-6, 8-5) went nearly eight minutes without a field goal in the second half, during which the Bulls erased a nine-point deficit.
But USF couldn’t muster enough offense to fully complement its play on the other end, missing five of its last six shots to end the game.
The AAC’s worst free-throw shooting team entering the night (63.9 percent), USF went only 9-for-16 (56.3) from the stripe and 4-for-19 (21.1) from the 3-point line.
Wichita State, by contrast, hit 21 of 26 free throws (80.8 percent).