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It’s official: USF’s comeback the Bulls’ biggest ever

The Bulls rallied from 25 points down to defeat Stony Brook.
USF guard David Collins tries to dodge Stony Brook guard Elijah Olaniyi (3) during the second half of the College Basketball Invitational. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
USF guard David Collins tries to dodge Stony Brook guard Elijah Olaniyi (3) during the second half of the College Basketball Invitational. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published Mar. 21, 2019

In the immediate wake of USF’s stunning overtime victory Wednesday against Stony Brook, sports-information officials couldn’t immediately confirm whether the Bulls’ comeback from a 25-point deficit was the largest in school history.

We now know it is.

In fact, it’s tied for the 15th-biggest comeback in NCAA men’s hoops history, according to the governing body’s official site.

Veteran local reporter Joey Johnston, analyst for Bulls radio broadcasts, actually indicated the comeback was a school record on Wednesday night’s broadcast. Since a list of the program’s largest comebacks doesn’t exist in the USF media guide, school officials were hesitant to confirm it right away.

Incidentally, USF also is a part of a comeback tied for 10th-biggest ever, albeit in a less-fortunate circumstance. The Bulls led Virginia Commonwealth by 26 midway through the second half on Feb. 20, 1993, but lost, 95-91, in overtime.