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January 17, 2013
PISCATAWAY- Thursday marked the fourth attempt by USF (9-7; 0-4) at their first conference win of the season as they took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the RAC. A late run by Rutgers resulted in a 70-67 loss for the Bulls, their fourth in a row.
After winning seven of eight games, the Bulls have dropped their past four - all in Big East play - including a 64-38 loss to now-no. 1 Louisville in their previous game. USF is the only school left without a win in Big East play.
USF (9-7, 0-4)had two possessions in the final minute where a three-pointer would have tied the score, but first Anthony Collins threw the ball away, and then following a Jerome Seagears miss on the other end, Martino Brock rimmed out on a deep three-point attempt as time expired.
The Bulls led at halftime, 30-27, but Rutgers jumped out to a nine-point lead after the break as USF went cold from the field.
Cleaning the glass:
USF continues to struggle inside as Rutgers pulled down nine offensive rebounds to the Bulls four. That equates to more offensive chances and in a game like Thursday's - that's a formula for a loss.
Martino Brock led the team in rebounds, with five defensive and two offensive boards. The 6-foot-6 guard has been strong at getting the defensive rebound.
Freshman Javontae Hawkins added five rebounds and ten points - both season highs for him.
It doesn't get any easier
USF returns to the SunDome to take on Georgetown Saturday. The Hoyas are 12-3 (2-2) and defeated the Bulls 75-45 last time the two teams faced off.
Georgetown has a very big lineup and will pose a significant challenge for the Bulls - who still aren't able to seemingly crack open that 2-3 zone that they keep facing.