13 Dec 2021 | 16:44 | Basketball
UNCASVILLE, Conn., NOV. 29, 2020 (AP) – Tyrece Radford scored 21 points, Cody Pemsl came off the bench to spark a breakaway run and Virginia Tech wrapped up a three-game stay at Bubbleville with a 76-58 defeat of South Florida Sunday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Keve Aluma added 12 points for the Hokies, Hunter Cattoor added 13 while Pemsl and Cartier Diarra scored 10 each. Virginia Tech shot 54% from the floor with 11 assists on 27 baskets.
Virginia Tech (3-0) was caught up in the COVID-19 drama at Bubbleville as Temple, originally scheduled as its second game, went into quarantine after a player tested positive. The Owls were replaced at the last minute with Villanova, ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll.
Virginia Tech toppled the Wildcats in overtime.
David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 10 points for the Bulls (1-2) and, making 3 of 6 from the free throw line, he became the all-time leader in career free throws made in the American Athletic Conference. Collins pushed his total to 438, passing former Cincinnati guard Jarron Cumberland (437).
Caleb Murphy (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 11 points and Michael Durr (Atlanta) 10 points with seven rebounds for South Florida.
Aluma hit a 3 at the halftime buzzer for a 36-23 lead, closing with a 15-5 run over the last seven minutes to break open what had been a tight game. Pemsl scored six points in the breakaway run.
The teams had not played since 1995 when both were in the Metro Conference. Tech’s coach Mike Young had been 0-3 against USF’s Brian Gregory, facing him when the two were at other schools.
• David Collins made three free throws and became the all-time leader in The American with 438.
• Xavier Castaneda made his season debut after missing the first two games of the season with an injury.
• Justin Brown made his only free throw attempt and has now made 21 consecutive free throws.
42 – Virginia Tech scored 42 points in the paint.
54 – Virginia Tech shot 54.0 percent from the field on 27-for-50 shooting.
5 – USF had just five assists on 20 made baskets.
USF returns to the Yuengling Center Wednesday at 5 p.m. when the Bulls host in-state foe Florida Gulf Coast on ESPN+.
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About USF Men’s Basketball
The USF men’s basketball team is led by head coach Brian Gregory. On March 22, 2017, Gregory was introduced as the 10th head coach in program history. He previously led 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 nearly 300 career head coaching wins and six postseason appearances, including the 2010 NIT Championship. 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 47-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.