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USF Bulls fall again to Cincinnati, 50-45


Published:   |   Updated: February 3, 2014 at 07:03 AM

CINCINNATI — The University of South Florida had the lead heading into the closing minutes.

And just like the last time they played Cincinnati, the Bulls let it slip away again.

An ailing Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the closing minutes, leading the 13th-ranked Bearcats to a 50-45 victory on Sunday that had an all-too-familiar feel for the Bulls.

The Bulls (11-11, 2-7 American Athletic) let one slip away on Jan. 18, when Cincinnati broke open a tie game for a 61-54 win at the Sun Dome. This one followed a similar path, with the Bulls up by a point with 6 minutes left.

Chris Perry had 13 points and Victor Rudd scored 11 for the Bulls, who have lost their past 11 games in Cincinnati.

“I still feel like we could have beaten them twice, at home and here,” Rudd said. “I feel like we let it slip away in the last three minutes of the game, and they played great in both games.”

South Florida missed six of its last seven shots — five of them from behind the arc — and had three turnovers down the stretch. The Bulls are last in the AAC in 3-point shooting, making only 26.2 percent, so they played into Cincinnati’s hands by firing away during the final minutes.

“We went brain-dead,” coach Stan Heath said. “We took (the 3s), we probably shouldn’t have. A couple of those, the clock was winding down and so we just got stuck with that shot.”

USF was coming off a 78-71 win against SMU that snapped a four-game losing streak. The Bulls haven’t beaten a ranked team since Feb. 29, 2012, at Louisville.

“I know we could beat this team, I know that definitely,” Perry said. “We kind of messed up on the very end.”

The Bearcats (21-2, 10-0) got their 14th straight victory by following Kilpatrick’s lead.

“He’s going to come and perform every night, sick or not sick,” said forward Justin Jackson said.

SOUTH FLORIDA (11-11) — Rudd 4-11 2-4 11, LeDay 1-2 0-0 2, Egbunu 2-3 0-0 4, Allen Jr. 2-8 2-2 6, McLendon 1-6 0-0 2, Brock 2-5 1-1 5, Heath 1-3 0-0 2, Hawkins 0-3 0-0 0, Perry 6-8 1-1 13. Totals 19-49 6-8 45.

CINCINNATI (21-2) — Rubles 1-7 3-3 5, Thomas 1-6 0-0 2, Jackson 6-8 3-4 15, Guyn 3-6 0-0 8, Kilpatrick 5-16 6-6 18, Caupain 0-2 0-0 0, Sanders 1-5 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Nyarsuk 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 12-13 50.

Halftime—Cincinnati 24-18. 3-Point Goals—South Florida 1-11 (Rudd 1-5, Brock 0-1, Allen Jr. 0-1, Hawkins 0-1, LeDay 0-1, McLendon 0-2), Cincinnati 4-17 (Guyn 2-4, Kilpatrick 2-8, Caupain 0-1, Rubles 0-1, Sanders 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—South Florida 31 (Egbunu, Perry 7), Cincinnati 33 (Sanders 7). Assists—South Florida 8 (Allen Jr., Brock, Heath 2), Cincinnati 7 (Caupain, Kilpatrick 2). Total Fouls—South Florida 13, Cincinnati 9. A—10,367.

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