South Florida Battled Wichita State 72-68 for a Comeback Victory. USF goes to 4-1 in AAC play.

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TAMPA, Fla. (January 21, 2024) – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team returned to the court on Sunday for an American Athletic Conference game with Wichita State. Kasean Pryor recorded his third-straight game with 20 or more points as the Bulls took down the Shockers 72-68.

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With the win, South Florida extended its winning streak to three games. The Bulls improved to 11-5 overall and 4-1 in the AAC, while the Shockers fell to 8-10 overall and 0-5 in league games. It was the third-straight game that the Bulls used a come-from-behind effort after being down at the half.

The game started slow as a combined six points were scored at the under-16 media timeout. The Shockers held a 4-2 lead with 15:39 left in the opening stanza. The Bulls went on a 10-7 run and took a 12-11 lead with 11:02 left in the half. Wichita State outscored South Florida 9-6 over the next four minutes and took a 20-18 lead. During the stretch, Kobe Knox found a cutting Sam Hines Jr. for a dunk.

Wichita State extended its lead to 31-25 with 3:40 left in the half after the Shockers went on an 11-7 run. The Bulls closed out the half on a 7-4 run and closed the deficit to three, 35-32, at the break.

South Florida outscored Wichita State 7-6 to start the second half. The Shockers held a 41-39 lead. The Bulls picked up the intensity on the defensive end which led to five unanswered points. Chris Youngblood found Pryor in the corner for a wide-open 3-pointer. The Bulls forced another turnover, which led to the Shockers calling a timeout. USF took a 44-41 lead with 13:48 left in the game.

The Bulls continued to keep the Shockers off the scoreboard and Pryor scored all five points during the 5-0 run. South Florida took a 49-44 lead with 11:58 left to play. USF combined for a 16-0 run over five minutes.

The Shockers went on an 8-5 run with 7:50 left on the clock, but the Bulls held a 58-49 lead. Wichita State added a 12-6 run and cut the South Florida lead to 64-61 with 3:59 left in regulation. South Florida stayed the course and held off Wichita State for a 72-68 victory.

Pryor recorded a game-high 25 points, which was his third game with 20 or more points. He brought down a game-high 10 rebounds for his second-consecutive game with a double. He added one assist and a steal. Jose Placer posted a 17-point game, while he shot 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. He dished out one assist. Kobe Knox closed out the double-digit scorers with 10 points. He collected a game-high four assists. Brandon Stroud had another strong game on the glass as he brought down seven rebounds and notched a game-high three steals.

Harlond Beverly posted a team-high 15 points for the Shockers. He added six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Xavier Bell finished with 14 points, a team-high eight rebounds, two assists, and one block. Kenny Pohto added 12 points and four rebounds. Colby Rogers closed out the double-digit scorers with 11 points. He chipped in with five rebounds and had a team-best three assists. Quincy Ballard posted a game-high two blocks.

Notables

· Kasean Pryor recorded a game-high 25 points, which was his third-straight game with 20 or more points. He brought down a game-high 10 rebounds for his second-consecutive game with a double. He added one assist and a steal, he tied a program record with a perfect free-throw percentage. He shot 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.

· Jose Placer posted a 17-point game, while he shot 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. It is his third game in double figures. He dished out one assist.

· Kobe Knox closed out the double-digit scorers with 10 points. It was his fifth game on the season in double figures. He collected a game-high four assists.

Next Up

South Florida makes a trip to Philadelphia for a matchup with Temple. The Bulls and Owls are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN+ on Wednesday, January 24.

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The South Florida men’s basketball team is led by Amir Abdur-Rahim, who was named the 11th head coach in program history on March 29, 2023. Abdur-Rahim was named the 2023 Mid-Major Coach of the Year (Hugh Durham Award) after leading Kennesaw State to its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament berth in 2022-23. Abdur-Rahim’s Kennesaw State team set an NCAA record as the fastest team to ever reach the NCAA Tournament after a one-win campaign, accomplishing the feat in a span of just three seasons. He was also named the 2022-23 NABC District 3 and ASUN Coach of the Year after leading Kennesaw State to both the regular season and tournament titles, and a school-record 26 wins.
 
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