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Bulls come up short against Tulane

USF loses its second game since coming off a 32-day layoff.
USF's Justin Brown, here battling Houston's DeJon Jarreau during Wednesday's game, scores a team-high 16 points against Tulane on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.
USF's Justin Brown, here battling Houston's DeJon Jarreau during Wednesday's game, scores a team-high 16 points against Tulane on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. [ MIKE CARLSON | AP ]
Published Feb. 15

TAMPA — Jaylen Forbes had 19 points and Tulane made 6-of-8 free throws in the last 20 seconds to hold off USF 62-59 Sunday at the Yuengling Center.

It was the Bulls’ second loss in as many games since returning from a 32-day layoff because of coronavirus interruptions. USF lost Wednesday to No. 7 Houston 82-65.

Forbes went 2-for-2 from the line, and Gabe Watson, who had 10 points, was 3-of-4 to help the Green Wave lead by six before Xavier Castaneda hit a 3-pointer as time ran out for the Bulls (7-7, 3-5 AAC).

Kevin Cross had 13 points for Tulane (9-8, 4-8). Justin Brown led USF with 16 points, and David Collins added 10.

The Bulls took their first lead since early in the second half as Collins’ 3-pointer from the corner made it 42-41 with 9:21 remaining. Brown scored on the following possession giving them a three-point cushion, but the Green Wave answered with a 9-0 run for a 50-44 lead at the 4:36 mark.

USF cut the deficit to one on a Collins jumper with three minutes left, but Cross scored on the ensuing possession for Tulane.

The Bulls got within two with 31 seconds left, but the Green Wave closed it out at the free-throw line.

Up next for USF is a road matchup at rival UCF at 7 p.m. Wednesday.