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USF Bulls men win fourth straight, halt losing skid to Cincinnati

Alex Yetna’s double double of 16 points and 12 rebounds leads the way to help stop an 11-game slide to the Bearcats.
USF's Alexis Yetna, shown here during a game against Stetson on Dec. 8, 2020, scores 16 points to lead the Bulls past Cincinnati on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.
USF's Alexis Yetna, shown here during a game against Stetson on Dec. 8, 2020, scores 16 points to lead the Bulls past Cincinnati on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Dec. 17, 2020
Updated Dec. 17, 2020

CINCINNATI — Alexis Yetna had 16 points and 12 rebounds, leading USF to a 74-71 victory Wednesday night against Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

The Bulls (5-2) snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Bearcats and won at Cincinnati for the first time since 1988.

Tari Eason’s 3 with 41 seconds left pulled Cincinnati to 73-71. USF’s Michael Durr was fouled after his offensive rebound and made one of two free throws with 8.6 seconds left. The Bearcats’ Jeremiah Davenport missed a 3 to tie with four seconds left, and Xavier Castaneda rebounded to clinch it for the Bulls.

Durr finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Castaneda also had 14 points for USF, which earned its fourth straight win. David Collins added 11 points.

Keith Williams had 15 points for Cincinnati (2-3).

USF held the Bearcats to only two made 3s and 16.7 percent shooting (2-for-12) from long range in the second half. The Bulls shot over 40 percent from the field (30-for-63, 47.6 percent) and from 3-point range (7-of-17, 41.2) for the game.