DELAND — USF used a 41-point first half before securing coach Brian Gregory's 250th career victory, 75-72 Wednesday over Stetson.The Bulls (2-1) shot 56 percent (14-for-25) from the field and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in a first half that saw them take an 11-point lead. Overall, USF shot 52 percent (25-for-48) from the field, including 45.5 percent (10-for-22) from 3-point range.The Bulls closed it out with big defensive stops down the stretch for their 13th straight win over the Hatters, dating back to 1989."We executed well down the stretch, and more importantly they didn't get a second shot down the stretch," said Gregory, who is in his first year at USF. "Tulio (Da Silva) had a big rebound. Payton Banks had a big rebound. We went one possession in the zone, forced a quick shot and got the rebound. We did a lot of good things."USF had four players in double figures, with Stephan Jiggetts and Banks leading the way with 18 points each. Terrence Samuel added 13 to go along with career highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (seven)."Any time you shoot 52 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3, 70 percent from the free-throw line and outrebound a team by 12, there's an effort level that was there," Gregory said. "We started high, the guys responded well on a one-day turnaround after a disappointing performance on Monday. But you have to put that stuff in the rearview mirror.""That's our foundation," Samuel said of the team's defense. "Coach gets on us every day in practice about playing defense, being in our gaps and finishing the play off the rebound. Those guys, they went on a run at the end, but I got the team together and said, 'Listen, our foundation is defense, and that's going to win us this game.'"The victory marked the first road win for the Bulls since Dec. 1, 2016, over Troy, snapping a 10-game skid. It's also the first time since the 2014-15 season that USF won its road opener, 73-71 at UAB.