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FSU’s defense makes key stop late to hold off N.C. State

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Florida State’s defense, maligned most of the year, came up with a key stop late and allowed the Seminoles to win a close game on the road. The FSU defense forced an incomplete pass on fourth-and-12 from their own 26 with 1:09 to go. The N.C. State Wolfpack had a first and 10 at the FSU 24, but four passes resulted in three incompletions and a catch for minus two yards. It left FSU as a 24-20 winner. Quarterback Deondre…

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Temple ends USF’s season with convincing victory

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The South Florida Bulls saw their season come to an end on Friday with a 79-62 loss to the Temple Owls in the quarterfinals of the American Conference Tournament. Temple was in control for most of the game played at the Amway Center in Orlando.Am Temple, the tournament’s top seed, jumped out to a double-digit lead midway through the first half. They held a 35-27 advantage heading into the halftime locker room. Chris Perry scored the first basket of the…

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American Conference Tournament: USF wins; UCF falls

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The Central Florida Knights ended their season in a highly disappointing fashion, falling to the Tulane Green Wave 65-63 in the first round of the American Conference Tournament at the Amway Center. The Knights had multiple chances to win the game, but could not overcome 21 turnovers and 36 percent shooting. Tulane was the 10th, and lowest, seed in the tournament, but the seventh-seeded Knights played a sloppy game that gave the Green Wave the ability to hang in the…

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Catastrophic start dooms Bulls to 10th loss

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For three quarters of Saturday’s game against Seton Hall, the South Florida Bulls played the Pirates fairly even. It was the first 10 minutes that set the tone for the Bulls’ 66-49 defeat in Newark, New Jersey. During the opening 10 minutes, USF missed their first 9 shots, plus two free throws. Making matters worse, they turned the ball over 6 times. It was 14-0 before Jahmal McMurray hit a three-pointer with 9:59 remaining in the half. After the nightmarish…

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Bulls fall to familiar foe, 79-68

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An old rival dropped by the Sun Dome to visit the USF Bulls on Saturday and came away with a victory. The University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, who faced USF many times in their old Sun Belt Conference days, defeated the Bulls, 79-68. Both teams shot the ball well, but key factors led to the Blazer victory. USF turned the ball over 19 times to only 8 for UAB and the Blazers made some key three pointers that made the difference.…

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Benji Bell answers the call for FSU; USF falls to NC State

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During this season, Florida State has enjoyed success when their freshman tandem of Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley are putting up big numbers on the stat sheet. On Sunday, Bacon had a rare off-night scoring, but the Seminoles went on to roll over Southeastern Louisiana, 75-58. A Seminole reserve, Benji Bell, more than made up for Bacon’s sub-par game with 18 points off the bench. Bell made five of his six shots, including all four of his 3-point attempts. Xavier…

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College basketball: ‘Canes, Knights roll; Bulls rolled

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South Carolina 81, South Florida 63 The South Carolina Gamecocks sprinted out to a 24-2 lead against South Florida and cruised to an 81-63 win in Columbia. USF was overwhelmed from the beginning and were never in the game. South Carolina led 53-22 at halftime and stretched it to 61-25 on a three-pointer by Michael Carrera. If there was a bright spot or the Bulls, it was a 12-0 run in the second half that cut a 33-point deficit to…

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