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USF’s long-range assault sinks Tulane

The Bulls’ 13 3-pointers are one shy of the program single-game record
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
USF guard Justin Brown (13) shooting a 3-pointer during a February home win against East Carolina, had a career-best 20 points in the Bulls' 75-70 victory Wednesday at Tulane.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times USF guard Justin Brown (13) shooting a 3-pointer during a February home win against East Carolina, had a career-best 20 points in the Bulls' 75-70 victory Wednesday at Tulane.
Published Mar. 7

Behind a season-best 13 3-pointers, USF snapped a five-game American Athletic Conference skid and kept its NIT hopes fluttering with a 75-70 victory Wednesday at Tulane.

The Bulls finished one 3-pointer shy of the program’s 28-year-old single-game record. Sophomore Justin Brown led the long-range assault, going 5-for-9 from behind the arc en route to a career-best 20 points.

USF (19-11, 8-9) played without junior point guard Laquincy Rideau, who wore a protective boot on his injured right foot Wednesday. The lingering ailment isn’t expected to jeopardize his status for next week’s AAC tournament.

With freshman Xavier Castaneda operating the point, the Bulls hit six of their first eight 3-pointers, and had eight by halftime, when they led by 11. A field-goal ― and free-throw ― drought down the stretch enabled Tulane (4-25, 0-17) to rally late, but the Bulls held on.

Sophomore David Collins’ two free throws with 19 seconds to play snapped a streak of three consecutive misses at the stripe and gave USF a 74-68 lead. The Bulls went without a field goal the final 3:24.

With the victory, USF is tied for seventh place in the AAC with Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane have the tie-breaker edge for the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament by virtue of a 78-75 victory against USF in early January. The Bulls can secure only the fifth 20-win season in program history Sunday when they host SMU in their home finale.


  1. Guard Laquincy Rideau, shooting here against Boston College on Nov. 10, 2019, is second in scoring for USF, averaging at 12.6 points per game. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    USF is going for its fourth straight home victory.
  2. President Donald Trump flips the coin before the start of the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. [JACQUELYN MARTIN  |  AP]
    With President Donald Trump on hand, quarterback Malcolm Perry puts on a record performance for the Midshipmen, rushing for 304 yards and 2 TDs.
  3. Former USF coach Charlie Strong was dismissed Dec. 1 following a 4-8 season. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    The former coach’s notice of termination was provided on Friday
  4. New USF football coach Jeff Scott will remain in town through the middle of next week before re-joining Clemson's staff. He'll then remain with the Tigers through their College Football Playoff run. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    With the early signing period starting Wednesday, USF has 14 non-binding pledges.
  5. New USF coach Jeff Scott won South Carolina's Class 3A state title in 2006 as coach at Blythewood High. Pictured with him after the championship game are Bengals standouts Marquon Jones (4), Richard Mounce (12) and Perry Wilson (1). [STEVE MOUNCE  |  Special to the Times]
    At age 25, the Bulls’ new football coach led a South Carolina high school to a state title in its first varsity season.
  6. The first time they met, Jeff Scott was a 14-year-old following his father's footsteps and Michael Kelly was fresh out of college. A quarter-century later, Kelly has entrusted Scott to take the USF football program to a new level. "I knew instinctively this day would come for him, but I never knew it would align for the two of us to be together,'' Kelly said. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    John Romano | South Florida is a program with little history and loads of potential, and Scott is a hotshot young coach looking to make a name for himself.
  7. New FAU coach Willie Taggart faces one of his old teams, USF, on Sept. 26, 2020 in Boca Raton. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [JONES, OCTAVIO  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    He moves to his fourth program in the past 36 months. Adding intrigue to the hire, FAU hosts USF in 2020.
  8. (From left) USF Bulls mascot 'Rocky the Bull", new USF football coach Jeff Scott, his wife Sara and their 4-year-old daughter Savannah pose for photos after his announcement at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center on Wednesday [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    The fifth football coach in USF history seems to hit all the right notes to a standing-room-only crowd
  9. LSU players celebrate after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. LSU won 37-10. [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
    “Members of Congress care about college sports. They recognize how important it is to American society."
  10. Jeff Scott is introduced as the new USF football coach at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center in Tampa on Wednesday, [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Signs and sound bites indicate the Clemson co-offensive coordinator was the Bulls’ top choice all along