SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Bethune-Cookman basketball team cut an 18-point first-half deficit down to seven, but South Florida pulled away to a 91-65 victory Tuesday night in the Sun Dome.
Corey Allen Jr. scored 21 points to lead five Bulls in double figures as USF (2-0) outshot the Wildcats (11-1) 49 percent to 29 percent from the field.
B-CU did hit 10 three-pointers, and that helped the Wildcats trim a 38-20 deficit to 38-29 at halftime.
Malik Jackson, Clemmye Owens and Mikel Trapp each scored in the final 1:36 of the first half.
Two Travis Elliott free throws cut it to 38-31 in the opening minute of the second half, but the Bulls scored five unanswered point to push their lead back to 14.
A Trapp three-pointer with 17:02 remaining trimmed it to 48-39, but that would be the last time B-CU would get within double figures.
Owens, a freshman, led B-CU with 14. Trapp hit a career-high 13. Daquan Brown also scored 13 in addition to eight rebounds, and Tony Kynard, also a freshman, scored 10.
B-CU faces UCF Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.