NCAA Game Summary - Syracuse at South Florida
(Sunday, January 6th)
Final Score: (7) Syracuse 55, South Florida 44
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Brandon Triche scored 20 points, James
Southerland added 17 and the seventh-ranked Syracuse Orange beat the South
Florida Bulls, 55-44, at the Sun Dome.
C.J. Fair posted 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Orange (14-1, 2-0 Big
East), who overcame subpar shooting to notch their fourth straight victory.
Syracuse shot 36.5 percent from the field and made just 4-of-17 3-pointers.
"I've never seen a worse offensive performance in, I can't remember," Syracuse
coach Jim Boeheim admitted. "Our offense was really bad, that's all I can tell
Victor Rudd compiled 15 points and 11 boards for South Florida (9-4, 0-1),
which had wrapped up non-conference play on a four-game winning streak.
The Bulls jumped out to a 17-7 lead, with a trio of Rudd dunks energizing the
home crowd. The junior forward hit a jumper to make it 23-18 with five minutes
remaining in the first, but the Orange concluded the frame on a 12-0 surge.
Syracuse grabbed a 41-30 advantage on a Rakeem Christmas dunk and consecutive
Triche baskets restored a 10-point lead at 45-35 with about 10 1/2 minutes
South Florida closed to within 47-42 before Southerland nailed a 3-pointer.
After the Bulls turned the ball over via a shot-clock violation, Triche
drove the lane for a layup to put the Orange ahead by 10 inside of two
"We just couldn't cut into (the lead)," South Florida coach Stan Heath said.
"If we could have just made a shot or made a play the game would have been
tighter and who knows what would have happened."
Syracuse has owned the series with South Florida, notching 10 wins in 11
meetings ... Jawanza Poland scored 12 points for the Bulls.
01/06 22:22:16 ET
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