USF Fails To Take Advantage Of Turnovers In Losing To Boston College

Boston College defeated South Florida, 74-60, at the Yuengling Center on Sunday afternoon November 10. (Photo: Tom Layberger)

TAMPA — Boston College turned the ball over 28 times Sunday afternoon. As South Florida coach Brian Gregory noted, it doesn’t mean much unless you can do something about it.

Indeed, the Bulls missed many open shots, including layups and dunks, in a 74-60 loss to the Eagles in front of 3,191 at the Yuengling Center.

Boston College had no such issues and was downright torrid from the floor at times in the second half when they shot 58.8 percent and saw their lead swell to as many as 16 points and was no less than 10 over the final 16 minutes.

“There’s going to be nights when you don’t shoot the ball well, so how are you going to win the game?” said Gregory. “We forced 28 turnovers. If you told me we were going to force 28 turnovers you’d think we would win the game. But you can’t force 28 turnovers at the expense of giving up 58 percent (shooting) from the field in the second half. At this level, against a team like that, you are not going to win.”

The Bulls, who were playing their ACC opponent for the first time, got off to a nice start and took their biggest lead at 26-17 with 7:17 remaining in the first half when Michael Durr made one of two free throws.

USF (1-1) led 30-29 with about four minutes remaining in the half. That’s when Boston College (2-0) went on an 11-0 run as part of a larger 16-2 stretch to take a 43-32 lead at the break.

Led by David Collins’ seven, the Bulls had 18 steals. The total was one more than their season-high (at Temple) a year ago. Alas, the failure to capitalize on many of them proved problematic on this afternoon.

“We need to make better decisions on the break and in transition and play a little more unselfish, said Collins, who also led the Bulls with 19 points, but shot only 6-of-17, including 2-of-7 from three-point territory.

For the game, the Bulls shot 36.1 percent (22-61) from the floor, including 22.2 percent (6-27) from beyond the arc. They were also only 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line.

“We have a long way to go in terms of staying within ourselves and playing the way we are supposed to play both offensively and defensively,” said Gregory. “We got out of sorts today on both ends of the court.”

The Bulls hit the court again on Wednesday night (7 p.m.) at Yuengling Center against IUPUI.

Tom Layberger is also a contributing writer for forbes.com. Follow him on Twitter






 

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Tom Layberger has been a sports writer, reporter and editor since 1990. Among the companies he has worked for are Comcast, NBC and The Topps Company. In addition to being a contributing writer for sportstalkflorida.com, Tom also writes for forbes.com and globalsportmatters.com. A native of the Philadelphia suburbs and a USF grad, Tom is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation. He resides in Tampa.