25 Nov 2021 | 04:51 | Basketball
TAMPA (November 24, 2021) – Jake Boggs (Charlotte, N.C.) and Javon Greene (McDonough, Ga.) each hit clutch three-pointers late for the University of South Florida (3-2) on Wednesday night at the Yuengling Center as the Bulls came from behind for a 58-52 victory over the Hampton Pirates (2-4).
Boggs finished the game with six points and led all players with eight rebounds while Greene stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and a career-high six steals.
Boggs’ first triple in the second half helped erase a 24-21 halftime deficit and gave South Florida a 26-24 advantage after Russel Tchewa (Douala, Cameroon) opened the second-half scoring on the opening possession. Boggs cashed in against at the 4:58 mark to give USF a 50-48 edge once more in a game that saw 11 lead changes.
Two minutes later, the Pirates pulled back in front with a triple of their own before Greene answered with the go-ahead shot from beyond the arc at the 2:15 mark. Greene tallied his sixth and final steal of the night on the ensuing Hampton possession and the Bulls never relinquished the lead. USF did not allow a Pirate field goal over the final 2:38 on the clock.
“Credit Hampton for doing a good job controlling the tempo in the first half,” head coach Brian Gregory said after the game. “We were able to dictate the tempo more in the second half. We disturbed the ball a lot better and continued to play great defense again tonight.”
USF finished the game with 19 fastbreak points compared to zero by Hampton. The Bulls also won the rebounding battle, 37-34, including 11 offensive rebounds, eight of which came in the second half.
“We have to keep defending and keep rebounding until the offense breaks through,” Gregory added. “We’re ahead of the curve defensively on where we thought we’d be, and I’m pleased with that. Now the offense has to come along. We’re still working to get comfortable out there with one another, but we moved the ball much better in the second half, and that’s what we have to do. The shots are going to fall.”
Nine of the Bulls’ 11 assists came in the second half of play.
The Bulls went 5-10 from downtown in the second half after going 1-10 in the first half.
USF is allowing just 54.2 points per game and has held four of its five opponents below a 38 percent shooting clip.
Greene’s six steals matched a career best set while playing at George Mason (2/3/18).
Caleb Murphy (Youngstown, Ohio) led USF in scoring with 12 points.
Jamir Chaplin (Norcross, Ga.) scored seven points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists.
Jalyn McCreary (Marietta, Ga.) added six points and four rebounds off the bench.
The Bulls will play their first true road game of the season at Boston College on Monday, November 29. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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About USF Men’s Basketball
The USF men’s basketball team is led by head coach Brian Gregory, who enters his fifth season in 2021-22. Gregory was introduced as the 10th head coach in program history in March of 2017 after previously leading programs at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and Dayton (2003-11). Gregory spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach under Michigan State’s Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo and helped the Spartans win the 2000 NCAA National Championship. Gregory owns over 300 career head coaching wins and six postseason appearances, including the 2010 NIT Championship with Dayton. In his second season at the helm of the Bulls, Gregory led the team to the best win turnaround in the NCAA, the most single-season wins in school history and the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship.
USF has retired three numbers in its 48-year 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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