Bulls blow nine point second half lead in Las Vegas Classic
USF's record falls to 8-4
10:46 PM, Dec 23, 2013
5:53 AM, Dec 24, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jared Brownridge scored two game-winning free throws with 10 seconds left, lifting Santa Clara to a 66-65 victory over South Florida in the final round of the Las Vegas Classic on Monday night.
Brownridge also hit a 3-pointer from the left arc with 53 seconds left to put the Broncos (7-6) ahead, 64-63 after they trailed 60-51 with five minutes remaining. He scored all 10 of his points in the second half of a game that saw 14 lead changes and seven ties.
Also for Santa Clara, Brandon Clark had 12 points and Jalen Richard 10. The Broncos finish the Classic 3-1 and third in the eight-team invitational.
Victor Rudd led South Florida (8-4) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Chris Perry had 13 points, and John Egbunu had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who finish the Classic 2-2.
Shemiye McLendon, 10 points, scored a running layup at the 27-second mark to put the Bulls up 65-64.
The Broncos were 17 of 20 from the free-throw line, while the Bulls were 9 of 24. South Florida shot 55 percent from the field, while Santa Clara was at 38 percent and was outscored in the paint, 44-20.
The Broncos led 28-25 at halftime and opened up the lead to 36-28. But the Bulls answered with a 16-6 run.
The Bulls took the lead on a Perry layup with 10:59 remaining, 49-47. South Florida then built its largest lead at 60-51.
This was the first meeting between the teams.
Nobody could control the first half with eight lead changes and four ties.
Santa Clara, which only turned the ball over three times in the first half, outscored South Florida 13-1 on points off turnovers.
The Broncos, who ended the game with only eight turnovers, scored the game's first five points, which was their biggest lead. South Florida never led by more than two points in that session.