Momentum just might be accompanying USF’s men into March.
The Bulls (13-16, 6-10 American Athletic Conference), who struggled mightily to close games in the season’s first four months, scored 11 of the final 12 points Sunday afternoon to rally for a 64-58 victory at Temple.
USF, which committed no turnovers in the game’s last six minutes, enters Tuesday’s home game against Cincinnati (7 p.m., ESPNU) on a two-game win streak.
“”We had to win the battle on the glass and we did (39-36),” Bulls third-year coach Brian Gregory said. “We also had to do a great job taking care of the basketball and we did that with only nine turnovers. The defensive stops and rebounds at the end of the game were critical.”
Temple (14-15, 6-10) took its largest lead, 54-47, on a pair of free throws with 6:25 to play before Bulls senior Laquincy Rideau and junior Justin Brown answered with consecutive 3-pointers. A Quinton Rose 3-pointer on the other end gave Temple a four-point lead, but the Owls missed their final nine shots.
USF 7-foot sophomore Michael Durr had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Bulls while his backup, senior Antun Maricevic, added a season-best 10 points. Durr has scored in double figures in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.