Boxscore
South Florida 56, Villanova 47
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials - Gary Prager, Michael Stephens, Earl Walton
Attendance - 20057

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Villanova 17 30 47
South Florida 27 29 56

Recap


South Florida 56, Villanova 47: The Bulls kept their hopes alive for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, jumping out to an early lead and outlasting the upset-minded Wildcats in the second round of the Big East tournament.

Sixth-seeded South Florida (20-12) advances to the quarterfinals for the first time and will meet third-seeded Notre Dame on Thursday night.

On the NCAA bubble and needing to avoid defeat against the No. 14 seed, South Florida never trailed after opening the game with a 14-2 burst.

Villanova (12-19) never really got untracked, shooting 20 percent (5 for 25) in the first half while scoring only 17 points, though it did rally to within five, 48-43, with 1:01 remaining in the contest before the Bulls put it away at the foul line.
 
South Florida got 17 points from Anthony Collins and 13 from Victor Rudd Jr., and held on despite committing 18 turnovers.

Mouphtaou Yarou was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats, scoring a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. His teammates were a combined 9 of 37 (24 percent), with top scorer Maalik Wayns suffering through a 3-for-14 evening.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
South Florida has held its last nine opponents to 56 points or fewer. ... The Bulls have won four straight games against Villanova after dropping the first five meetings. ... The Wildcats finished only 3 of 16 from 3-point range, missing all seven of their shots from behind the arc in the first half.

Villanova Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Dominic Cheek 29:00 0-6 0-2 4-4 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 0 4
JayVaughn Pinkston 24:00 1-3 0-1 0-2 0 4 4 0 3 0 3 0 2
Maurice Sutton 27:00 2-4 0-0 0-1 4 1 5 0 5 1 1 2 4
Maalik Wayns 37:00 3-14 0-7 3-4 2 2 4 5 3 3 3 0 9
Mouphtaou Yarou 33:00 8-13 1-1 3-5 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 20
James Bell 20:00 2-2 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 1 1 0 6
Ty Johnson 20:00 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2
Markus Kennedy 9:00 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 2 1 0 0
Darrun Hilliard 1:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 17-50 3-16 10-16 9 14 23 7 26 9 11 2 47
  34.0% 18.8% 62.5% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 11

South Florida Bulls

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Ron Anderson 28:00 1-2 0-0 1-2 2 1 3 1 4 1 0 1 3
Anthony Collins 36:00 4-7 1-2 8-10 0 2 2 4 2 1 7 1 17
Augustus Gilchrist 28:00 1-5 0-0 1-3 2 4 6 0 4 0 2 1 3
Hugh Robertson 36:00 4-6 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 3 1 8
Victor Rudd 24:00 4-9 1-3 4-5 0 6 6 0 2 2 2 0 13
Jawanza Poland 21:00 2-7 0-2 2-3 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 0 6
Blake Nash 4:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick 23:00 0-1 0-1 6-6 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 0 6
TOTAL 200 16-38 2-10 22-29 7 22 29 8 16 5 17 4 56
  42.1% 20.0% 75.9% Team Rebs: 8   Total TO: 17
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