TAMPA, Fla. —- In the spirit of famous ESPN basketball announcer Dick Vitale-Ole’ Baby!
Now Bethune-Cookman University knows how it feels to be stampeded over by the University of South Florida offense last night, inside the arena, known as the Sun Dome.
The crowd of 3,549 watched the Bulls offense score 53 points in the second half and went on to defeat the Wildcats 91-65, and continue having success against the Wildcats. The Bulls lead the series 14-1, that started back in Dec. 19, 1985.
University of South Florida basketball coach Stan Heath said after the game, he felt good about his team’s effort against the Wildcats and he is hoping to pack up that emotion and not forget the consistence on offense for the first road trip of the season that is coming up on Friday November 15, 2013 against Bowling Green State University.
“It was a good all-around effort and a lot of guys played a lot of minutes,” Heath said. “I think our depth is our strength and we’ve got to be able to wear people down a little bit. I thought that happened.”
Leading the Bulls from the floor, point guard Corey Allen Jr., he scored 21 points, he also had nine assist, pulled down seven rebounds and forced three steals. His performance on the floor might be making Heath’s decision about how to play Allen difficult.
Does Heath keep Allen in the line up as a starter or does Heath want Allen to be coming off the bench?
Allen is replacing Anthony Collins in Heath’s line up, who missed his second game with an injury.
Heath said after the first game of the season against Tennessee Tech University, that there is no pressure being placed on Collins to return, Heath wants his player to be fully recovered and ready to play.
Allen is just happy to be playing.
“It doesn’t matter to me if I start or come off the bench,” Allen said. “I just take the number of minutes I get and produce.”
There were plenty of Bulls producing in the offense for Heath, Victor Rudd scored 14 points, freshman Chris Perry scored 13 and Musa Abdul-Akeem finished the game with 13 points. Martino Brock scored 10 points and freshman center John Egbunu led both teams with 10 rebounds.
“It’s been a while since we’ve scored 91 points, so that was good to see the guys put the ball in the basket, especially in the second half,” Heath said about the Bulls’ offense against Bethune-Cookman and he is one win away from recording his 200th victory.
In the first half the Bulls offense ran the ball against the Wildcats and went on a 14-0 run before the Wildcats could score a basket which came at the 3:51 mark in the first half.
The Wildcats put up a gallant fight but poor shooting and making 18 turnovers made the task too difficult for the Wildcats to overcome.
“We have a few guys that can make some shots,” Bethune-Cookman basketball coach Gravelle Craig said about his team’s effort from the floor.
The Bulls defense forced the Wildcats to shot just 29 percent from the floor and that helped the Bulls’ offense which got contribution from nine players.
The Bulls will pack their suitcases and travel bags for and set out for the road Friday, November 15, 2013.
Heath and his team will be visiting the city that is quaint and nestled next to Interstate-75, were the wind is always from the west and is the home of World Championship Tractor-Pull Contest-Bowling Green, Ohio.
Heath is familiar about the Falcons from his playing days at Eastern Michigan University and when he coached at Kent State. He knows that Bowling Green State University is a tough place to get a win. Heath also knows that Bowling Green State University basketball coach Louis Orr will have his team prepared and ready to play against the Bulls.
Heath might remember the cracker-box of an arena that the Falcons used to call home the historic Anderson Arena but this will be his first time that he will be seeing the inside the Stroh Center.
The game is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. and it will be an emotionally charged crowd inside the Stroh Center as Bowling Green State University honors players from their glorious past from all of the Falcons’ athletics who going to be enshrined in the Bowling Green State University Hall-of-Fame.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.