South Florida vs Rutgers

Rutgers 70, South Florida 67

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Wally Judge scored 14 points and Martino Brock had a game-tying 3-point shot attempt rim out just before the buzzer as Rutgers defeated South Florida 70-67 on Thursday night.

Myles Mack and Eli Carter added 13 points apiece for the Scarlet Knights (12-4, 3-2 Big East), who nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final 3:24.

Jawanza Poland scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half for South Florida (9-7, 0-4), which lost its fourth straight game. Anthony Collins and Victor Rudd added 11 points apiece for the Bulls, who made their first NCAA tournament appearance a year ago.

Rutgers seemed to be in control when Carter, who spent crucial second-half minutes on the bench with four fouls, nailed a 3-pointer to give the Scarlet Knights a 68-60 lead.

Rudd, however, answered with a 3-pointer, and Poland scored on a spectacular alley-oop dunk, grabbing a pass that was behind him and jamming it home to cut the lead to 68-65.

Carter's layup gave Rutgers its final points with 1:48 to go, but Collins closed the gap to 70-67 with a floater with 1:26 left.

After turnovers on both ends of the court, Jerome Seagears missed a 3-pointer for Rutgers with the shot clock running out with 10 seconds to go.

Poland got the rebound and passed it to Collins, who eventually threw the ball upcourt to Brock. He had Poland open in the corner, but he elected to take the shot and it just missed.

Mack ignited and capped an 11-2 spurt at the start of the second half with baskets to give the Scarlet Knights a 38-32 lead that they never lost.

South Florida stayed close for most of the half, drawing to within 45-43 on a 3-pointer by Rudd with 12:47 to go and 56-54 on two free throws by Collins with 7:33 to go.

South Florida, which was limited to 38 points in a 26-point loss to now-No. 1 Louisville less than a week ago, scored 30 in the opening half against Rutgers in taking a three-point lead.

The lead had a lot to do with the Bulls' shooting. After being held to 26.7 percent from the field by the Cardinals, they converted 14 of 26 against the Scarlet Knights in the opening 20 minutes, or nearly 54 percent. Three of the 14 baskets came on alley-oops to a baseline runner and 22 points were scored in the paint.

The 14 first-half baskets were two more than they had in the game against Louisville.

The game had an interesting start. Referee Karl Hess was knocked over accidentally by Judge seconds after the opening jump ball. He got up with a smile.

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South Florida (9-7)303767
Rutgers (12-4) «274370

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South Florida Bulls
T. Fitzpatrick, F363-100-03237
V. Rudd, F293-63-440211
A. Collins, G373-85-608311
M. Brock, G282-50-07114
J. Hawkins, G285-90-151010
J. Poland267-100-051217
Z. LeDay163-40-00107
Totals 26-528-1128141167
 50%72.7% 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
W. Judge, F307-80-130114
D. Miller, F272-53-35327
E. Carter, G294-104-431413
J. Seagears, G292-90-06705
M. Mack, G275-120-011013
A. Johnson223-41-21147
K. Jack172-40-07014
M. Poole173-70-02007
M. Kone20-00-00010
Totals 28-598-1032131370
 47.5%80% 
American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
SMU17-130-513
Cincinnati16-230-612
Houston12-621-1154
UCF11-724-1269
Memphis9-919-13121
UConn9-916-17119
Tulsa8-1015-17132
Temple7-1116-16135
E. Carolina6-1215-18214
Tulane3-156-25298
So. Florida1-177-23316

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Purdue14-427-819
Wisconsin12-627-1036
Maryland12-624-934
Minnesota11-724-1020
Michigan10-826-1225
Northwestern10-824-1251
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Iowa10-819-1581
Illinois8-1020-1564
Indiana7-1018-1679
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
Nebraska6-1212-19108
Rutgers3-1515-18172
 
Other games
MICH 83 Final
MINN 75
FLA 68 Final
TXAM 47
NW 68 Final
ILL 54
GT 57 Final
DUKE 73
ORST 64 Final
UCLA 74
STJOE 86 Final
VCU 92
GONZ 71 Final
PORT 49
ORE 76 Final
USC 74