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USF Outlasts ECU In Overtime

302sports 32 Feb 11

(Fleming, ECU)

TAMPA, Fla. – USF made 10 of 14 free throws in overtime and edged ECU, 72-68, at the Yuengling Center Sunday.

David Collins had 21 points for the Bulls (17-6, 7-4 The American), which earned their fifth consecutive victory. Mayan Kiir had 13, Laquincy Rideau added 12 and Justin Brown finished with 10.

The Pirates (9-14, 2-9) held USF without a field goal for the final 6:09 of regulation and all of overtime, but couldn't keep it off the free throw line, where they scored their final 16 points.

USF entered the game with 619 total free attempts this season, second-most in all of Division I. The Bulls finished 23-of-33 at the charity stripe, while ECU was just 12-of-21.

Shawn Williams had a chance to win the game for the Pirates in regulation, but Kiir blocked his game-winning attempt as time expired.

Williams finished with 13 points with Isaac Fleming (William Penn) scoring a team-high 14 points. K.J. Davis and Jayden Gardner added 11 points each.

ECU led by 11 at halftime, but USF opened the second half on a 19-6 run to take a 47-45 lead less than eight minutes into the stanza. Four lead changes and three ties ensued before Rideau made two free throws with 12 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 62-all and send it into overtime.

The Pirates built a 10-point lead in the first four minutes of the game as they buried each of their first four 3-point attempts of the game. After Williams made his second 3 of the game, Davis sank back-to-back shots outside the arc and converted a 4-point play.

ECU stretched its lead to 13 inside of minute remaining in the first half. The Pirates shot over 57 percent (15-26) from the floor in the first half, but were just 10-of-29 (.345) shooting the remainder of the game and were out-rebounded by 24 (46-22).

USF shot 61.1 percent (11-18) in the second half after being limited to 31.3 percent (10-32) in the first and didn't attempt a field goal in overtime.