After Justin Greene scored on a jumper with 18:12 left in the first half on Wednesday, that cut Kent State's deficit to one point at 5-4. From there the South Florida Bulls went on a 19-0 run to take a 24-4 lead and never looked back, as they blew out Kent State on Wednesday night at the Sun Dome.
Greene led KSU with 13 points and six rebounds, shooting 6-12 from the floor. Rod Sherman had 11 points and four assists.
USF went on to lead the game at halftime 41-20. In the first half the Bulls shot 55 percent while the Golden Flashes shot 31 percent. USF hammered KSU on the boards in the first half 23-12.
Gus Gilchrist led the Bulls with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Jarrid Famous had 16 points and 8 rebounds.
“We didn’t play with any confidence and I give them full credit,” said head coach Geno Ford. “They were more physical, better with their execution and really moved the ball around well.”
"We played well," said USF head coach Stan Heath. "We were clicking, both offensively and defensively. I really thought that it was going to be a really tough game. I have a lot of respect for Kent State."
Kent State will play at Morehead State on Sunday in a rematch of last year's thrilling BracketBuster victory. Kenneth Faried and Maze Stallworth return for Donnie Tyndall's Eagles.