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USF’s Heath records 200th career victory


Published:   |   Updated: November 16, 2013 at 01:34 AM

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The University of South Florida prevailed Friday in its first road game of the season, defeating the Bowling Green Falcons 75-61 and presenting Coach Stan Heath with his 200th career victory.

Heath is 200-187 in 13 seasons as a head coach. At USF, he is 88-110 in seven seasons.

“It was great to get it done at all, but it was a unique situation to get it done here,’’ said Heath, a Bowling Green assistant coach under Jim Larranaga in 1994-96, who was greeted by about 20 family and friends from his native Detroit. “I’ve got so many fond memories here.’’

The Bulls (3-0) had three players in double figures: Corey Allen Jr. (19 points, seven rebounds), senior Victor Rudd (16, five rebounds) and freshman John Egbunu (12 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots).

Junior point guard Anthony Collins, a second-team All-American Athletic Conference preseason pick who missed USF’s first two games with lingering knee swelling after surgery, had seven points and three assists.

USF shot 58.7 percent (27-for-46) from the field and outrebounded the Falcons 43-36.

Allen, a junior-college transfer who made his third straight start at point guard, continued to make a good first impression for USF. After the Falcons cut USF’s second-half lead to 45-40, Allen helped the Bulls spurt to a 61-49 advantage, getting a pair of dunks to complete the run.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA (3-0) — Rudd 5-8 5-6 16, Perry 1-2 0-3 2, Egbunu 4-7 4-7 12, Brock 3-5 3-5 9, Allen Jr. 7-11 3-3 19, Abdul-Aleem 1-5 0-0 2, LeDay 3-3 0-0 6, Collins 2-3 2-2 7, Hawkins 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 27-46 17-27 75.

BOWLING GREEN (1-1) — Parker 4-8 3-7 11, Holmes 3-5 3-4 10, Black 2-4 2-2 6, Henderson 4-15 0-0 8, Clarke 6-24 3-4 17, Gomez 3-4 0-1 7, Tisdale 1-4 0-2 2, Lyshe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-64 11-20 61.

Halftime—South Florida 35-28. 3-Point Goals—South Florida 4-13 (Allen Jr. 2-3, Rudd 1-2, Collins 1-2, Hawkins 0-1, Brock 0-1, Abdul-Aleem 0-4), Bowling Green 4-17 (Clarke 2-7, Gomez 1-1, Holmes 1-3, Tisdale 0-1, Parker 0-1, Henderson 0-4). Rebounds—South Florida 43 (Egbunu 8), Bowling Green 36 (Holmes 7). Assists—South Florida 13 (Collins 5), Bowling Green 10 (Clarke 4). Total Fouls—South Florida 19, Bowling Green 22. A—2,419.

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