USF escapes UTSA 66-61 – As the first-place Bulls extend their winning streak to 12. SMU comes to South Florida on Saturday.

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University of South Florida Sports Information Department – The University of South Florida men’s basketball team took to the road for an American Athletic Conference contest with UTSA on Wednesday. Selton Miguel led the Bulls with a game-high 17 points as USF defeated UTSA 66-61.

With the win, USF improved to 20-5 overall and 13-1 in AAC play, while UTSA fell to 8-19 overall and 2-12 in conference games. The 12-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NCAA.

The Bulls extended their winning streak to 12 conference games, extending the longest streak in program history. The 13 wins in conference play are the most in program history, surpassing the 12 wins in the Big East in 2011-12. The 12-game winning streak ties the longest winning streak in program history. The Bulls had a 12-game streak set during the 1980-81 season. For the sixth time in program history, USF has won 20 games in a season.

The game opened as a back-and-forth battle that saw a tie game, 5-5, at the first media timeout with 16 minutes left in the opening stanza. Corey Walker Jr. produced a dunk off a set play.

South Florida added a 13-7 run and extended its lead to 18-12 with just under 10 minutes left in the half. Kasean Pryor capped off the run with a slam dunk in transition.

The Bulls outscored the Roadrunners 6-3 and extended their lead to 24-15 with just under eight minutes left in the first half. UTSA went on a 6-4 run, where Isaiah Wyatt knocked down two 3-pointers for the Roadrunners. UTSA cut the USF lead to 28-21. The Roadrunners ended the half on a 9-4 run, but the Bulls took a 32-30 lead into the half.

The Bulls outscored the Roadrunners 8-7 to open the second half and extended their lead to 40-37 with 16:28 left in regulation. UTSA outscored USF 5-3 over the next five minutes of play, but South Florida held a 43-42 lead with just over 11 minutes left on the clock.

Pryor finished a 5-4 run with an emphatic slam off a Youngblood pass. The Bulls held a 48-46 lead with 7:44 left in regulation.

UTSA went on an 11-6 run and claimed a 57-54 lead with 4:00 left to play. The Bulls outscored the Roadrunners 4-2 over the next 2:20 of play and cut the deficit to 59-58. USF held UTSA to just one field goal over the final 1:39 of play and scored eight to claim a 66-61 victory. The Bulls held the Roadrunners to just two points over the final 3:05 of play.

Miguel posted a game-high 17 points, his 21st game of the season in double figures. He added six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Pryor recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He added four assists, two blocks, and one steal. Youngblood finished with 15 points, two rebounds, and two blocks. Brandon Stroud notched a game-high four steals to go along with seven rebounds, five points, and two assists.

The USF bench outscored the UTSA bench 35-24. The Bulls dominated down low as they outscored the Roadrunners in the paint 36-16. South Florida had the advantage in fastbreak points 23-15.

Christian Tucker led UTSA with 15 points, six assists, two rebounds and one steal. Chandler Cuthrell posted a double-double with 10 rebounds and 10 points. Carlton Linguard Jr. closed out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

Notables

· The Bulls extended their winning streak to 12 conference games, extending the longest streak in program history.

· The 13 wins in conference play are the most in program history, surpassing the 12 wins in the Big East in 2011-12.

· The 12-game winning streak ties the longest winning streak in program history. The Bulls had a 12-game streak set during the 1980-81 season.

· For the sixth time in program history, USF has won 20 games in a season. The first time since the 2018-19 season.

· The 12-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NCAA.

· Selton Miguel posted a game-high 17 points, his 21st game of the season in double figures. He added six rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

· Kasean Pryor recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He added four assists, two blocks, and one steal.

· Chris Youngblood finished with 15 points, two rebounds, and two blocks. It was his 20th game in double figures. 

Next Up

The Bulls return to the friendly confines of the Yuengling Center on Sunday, Feb. 25. South Florida and SMU are scheduled for a noon tip on ESPN2.

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About USF Men’s Basketball

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.
 
USF has retired three numbers in its history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30), and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids, appeared in the NIT eight times, and won the 2019 College Basketball Invitational.
 
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