(Wednesday, March 12th)
Final Score: Rutgers 72, South Florida 68
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kadeem Jack had 18 points as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the South Florida Bulls 72-68 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at the FedExForum.
Myles Mack scored 16 points for the seventh-seeded Scarlet Knights (12-20), who will face second-seed Louisville on Thursday. Wally Judge logged a double- double with 15 points and 10 boards while J.J. Moore added 13 points.
Victor Rudd finished with 22 points and seven rebounds for the 10th-seeded Bulls (12-20), who ended their season on an eight-game losing streak. Chris Perry netted 12 points and Martino Brock chipped in 10.
Rutgers shot 52 percent from the field in the opening period as it led 40-37 at the intermission. USF made 44.8 percent of its field goal tries in the frame.
The Scarlet Knights did not shoot as well in the second half as they connected on 37.5 percent of their field goal attempts and went 13-of-18 from the free- throw line. The Bulls converted on 47.8 percent of their shots from the floor, but went 0-of-2 from beyond the arc.
Despite the loss, USF dominated play inside as it outscored Rutgers 44-28 in the paint.
Final Score: UCF 94, Temple 90 (2OT)
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Sykes poured in 36 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the UCF Knights outlasted the Temple Owls 94-90 in double overtime during the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedExForum.
Tristan Spurlock contributed 19 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for ninth-seed UCF (13-17), which advances to face top-seed Cincinnati. Calvin Newell chipped in 13 points and Kasey Wilson contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Quenton DeCosey scored a career-high 28 points and Will Cummings tallied 25 points and nine assists for Temple (9-22). Dalton Pepper tacked on 14 points and seven assists and Anthony Lee netted 17 points.
Temple held a slim 40-39 lead at halftime after shooting an even 50 percent from the field, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range, in the first half. UCF stayed close, sinking 45.7 percent from the field, including 7-of-15 from beyond the arc.
A 3-pointer from DeCosey gave Temple a 75-70 lead with 2:31 left in regulation. Sykes answered with a 3-pointer and a jumper in the next 30 seconds to even the score. The game was still tied in the final seconds, after the teams traded free-throws, when Sykes nearly ended things. However, his apparent buzzer-beater was called off after a video review.
UCF had a lead (82-78) late in the first extra session, but Pepper hit a pair of free-throws and Cummings scored on a layup off a steal to tie things at 82-82. Sykes missed a 3-pointer as time expired to send the game to another overtime.
A 7-2 run to start the second extra session gave the Knights a bit of a cushion, but the Owls slashed their deficit to one on a 3-pointer from DeCosey with six seconds left. Newell then hit two free-throws on the other end to put UCF up 93-90. Pepper was sent to the line for the Owls on the ensuing possession, and he missed both free-throw attempts, the second of which was intentional. Unfortunately UCF came down with the ball and Spurlock split a pair of free-throws to ice the win.
03/13 01:35:54 ET