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USF gets by Savannah State for 2nd win

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The South Florida Bulls won their second game of the season with a 67-57 win over Savannah State at the Sun Dome on Sunday. USF bounced back from Friday’s 84-63 loss to top-ranked Kentucky.

Four Bulls scored in double figures on Sunday led by Roddy Peters with 17 points and six assists. Jaleel Cousins added 13 points and 11 assists, while Chris Perry and Jahmal McMurray had 12 each. Troyce Manassa led the Tigers with 21 points.

The Bulls took a 26-21 lead with 3:31 left in the first half on two Cousins free throws. The rest of the half saw only a Savannah State free throw and USF led at the break, 26-22.

The scoring drought reached 5 minutes and 20 seconds before Cousins scored from close range to make it 28-22 with 18:20 left. After USF stretched the lead to 10, the Tigers mounted a charge to get within 44-42 with 11:17 to play.

Savannah State kept within striking distance, but never tied the score. It was 59-55 with 3:01 remaining, but the Tigers got no closer.

USF improved to 2-5 on the season, while Savannah State slipped to 3-4. The Bulls travel to Delaware on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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