TAMPA, FLA. (AP) David Collins scored 17 points with five rebounds, five assists and five steals and South Florida rolled to a 66-48 win over Tulane on Wednesday night.
Alexis Yetna added 15 points and 11 rebounds and T.J. Lang chipped in 11 points for the Bulls (12-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) who had 12 steals contributing to 26 Tulane turnovers.
Lang hit a 3-pointer to cap a 12-5 start for the Bulls and they led all the way. A 3-pointer by Yetna stretched it to 26-12 with 6:39 left before Tulane closed it to 34-26 at the break.
Yetna scored eight points early in the second half to help push the Bulls’ lead to 50-33. Tulane fell apart in the period, missing 12 3-pointers, committing 11 turnovers and going scoreless in the final two minutes.
Samir Sehic scored 14 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Green Wave (4-11, 0-3). Kevin Zhang added 11 points.
Head coach Brian Gregory on the strides the Bulls continue to make in his second season with the program:
Gregory on the Bulls’ defensive effort leading to big results:
“Defensively, we played with strength and some toughness, and some grit. We forced 26 turnovers and we don’t press. That shows we were strong defensively on drives. We were strong on ball screens and we were very, very active off the ball.”
35 – USF scored 35 points off 26 Tulane turnovers.
34 – The Bulls dominated in points in the paint by a 34-12 margin.
12 – USF’s steals total, led by five from David Collins. Laquincy Rideau and Mayan Kiir finished with three apiece.
8-for-25 – Tulane’s success rate on field goals in the second half (32 percent) while the Bulls gained distance on the scoreboard.
- USF’s 12 victories are the program’s most since the 2013-14 season. The Bulls are off to their first 2-1 start in The American since joining the conference in 2013.
- Alexis Yetna leads The American with eight double-doubles this season. USF was one of only two schools in the NCAA with a conference leader in rebounds, assists and steals leading up to Wednesday’s action.
- Laquincy Rideau finished with three steals and headed into Wednesday’s game ranked fifth in the NCAA with a conference-leading 2.9 steals per game.
USF travels to Philadelphia for a conference matchup at Temple that’s set for Saturday at 2 p.m. (TV: ESPNU).