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Bulls topple Temple, halt losing skid

USF’s Xavier Castaneda comes off the bench to score a team-high 18 points to help end the three-game slide.
USF's Xavier Castaneda, shown here against Wichita State on Jan. 21, 2020, scores 18 points coming off the bench in a win at Temple on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.
USF's Xavier Castaneda, shown here against Wichita State on Jan. 21, 2020, scores 18 points coming off the bench in a win at Temple on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published Feb. 22

PHILADELPHIA — Xavier Castaneda came off the bench to score a career-high-tying 18 points as USF got past Temple 83-76 Sunday.

Alexis Yetna had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls (8-8, 4-6 American Athletic Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak. David Collins added 12 points.

Khalif Battle scored a career-high 32 and had 10 rebounds for the Owls (4-10, 3-10), who have now lost six straight. J.P. Moorman added 10 points as did Jake Forrester.

USF used a 15-2 run late in the first half to turn a one-point deficit into a 12-point advantage and never trailed again. Temple responded with an 8-0 run at the end of the first half to cut the Bulls’ lead to four, but Castaneda drove the length of the floor and hit a floater in the lane as the buzzer sounded to push the lead back to six, 35-29, at halftime.

The Owls cut the deficit to one point twice in the second half, but USF answered with a basket on both occasions to maintain its lead. The Bulls led by 10 with 44 seconds but had to fend off a scoring flurry from Temple, which scored six points in seven seconds to trim the lead to four. USF hit four free throws over the final 29 seconds to clinch it.

The Bulls got 37 points from their bench, led by Castaneda.

Collins had two steals to move into a tie for fourth most in USF history at 181.