March 6, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. - Martino Brock scored 18 points and Victor Rudd had 17 as South Florida defeated the University of Connecticut men's basketball team by a 65-51 score on Wednesday night before a crowd of 5,198 at the USF Sun Dome. UConn falls to 19-10 overall and 9-8 in the BIG EAST while USF is 12-17 and 3-14.
Zach LeDay added 11 pointfor the Bulls, who have won two straight following a 10-game losing streak.
Connecticut got 23 points from sophomore center DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.). Huskies junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.), averaging 17.6 points in conference games, missed his second consecutive game due to a foot injury.
Brock had three baskets and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick made a long-range jumper during an 11-2 surge that gave South Florida a 39-34 lead five minutes into the second half. Brock's layup, a three-pointer by Rudd and a free throw from LeDay made it 47-36 with 10:10 left.
Brock converted a fast-break layup to put the Bulls ahead 53-38. Consecutive slams by Rudd made it 61-44 with 4:07 remaining.
The Huskies took their first lead of the game, at 30-28, on second-half opening baskets by graduate student forward R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) and Daniels.
Brock had six points to help South Florida take a 28-26 halftime lead.
Fitzpatrick made a three and Anthony Collins had a layup as South Florida opened the game with a 9-2 run. Javontae Hawkins' basket extended the Bulls' advantage to 21-13 midway through the half.
The Huskies got within 25-24 with five minutes to go on a basket and 3-pointer by Daniels, who had 15 first-half points. Connecticut had a chance to tie it in the final minute of the half, but freshman guard Omar Calhoun (Queens, N.Y.) missed a wide-open dunk.
UConn concludes its 2012-13 season on Saturday as it takes on Providenc in Gampel Pavilion at noon. The game is sold out and will be televised on ESPNU and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.