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Matchup: USF (1-5) vs. Savannah State (3-3)

Date: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

Time: 2 p.m. ET

Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome (10,411)

TV: ESPN3 (Bernie Guenther, Mark Wise) |WatchESPN

Radio: 820 AM (Jim Lighthall, Todd Kalas) | BullsCast

Game Notes: USF

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Bulls Welcome Tigers for 2 p.m. SundayGame

USF and Savannah State meet for the first time Sunday


TAMPA, NOV. 28, 2015 – Less than 48 hours after an 84-63 loss to No. 1 Kentucky, the USF men’s basketball team will host Savannah State on Sunday at 2 p.m.


The Bulls (1-5) shot 60 percent in the second half against the Wildcats on Friday, but a late scoring drought allowed UK to take a commanding 42-21 halftime lead. Although USF matched UK with 42 points in the second half, it wasn’t enough as the Bulls dropped their first-overall meeting with Kentucky.


On Sunday, for the fifth time this season, USF will play a team it hadn’t faced before in Savannah State (3-3). The Bulls hope to get another quality outing from junior forward Chris Perry who recorded 12 points and eight rebounds against UK to be named the Hoophall Miami Invitational Most Outstanding Player for USF. Stepping up with his best game of the season on Friday was sophomore center Ruben Guerrero with a season-high eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field.


Freshman guard Jahmal McMurray continues to lead the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game. His scoring average leads all freshman in the American Athletic Conference and ranks ninth overall. 



> USF shot a season-high 46.4 percent from the field vs. No. 1 Kentucky, including 60 percent in the second half.

> After missing the final 12 games of last season, Chris Perry is averaging 9.3 pts. and 7.7 rebs. per game.

> USF’s top three scorers are newcomers: Jahmal McMurray, 13.3, Angel Nunez, 10.7, Roddy Peters, 9.7.

> Jaleel Cousins and Chris Perry rank seventh in The American with 7.7 rebounds per game.

> Chris Perry ranks third in The American with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game.


Savannah State returns seven from last season’s team which finished 9-22 overall and 5-11 in the MEAC.

> The Tigers won their first three games of the season, all at home, but have since lost their last three games, all on the road.

> Christopher Martin leads the team in points and assists. Martin had 14 points last time out against Jackson State.



The game can be viewed ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Bernie Guenther and Mark Wise on the call. Listen to the radio broadcast and the voices of Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas on 820 AM, online at GoUSFBulls.com or the Tune-In radio app.


This is the 45th season of USF basketball which began in the fall of 1971.

> USF is celebrating its 50th anniversary of athletic competition, which began with men's soccer in 1965.

> USF was picked 10th in the 11-team American Athletic Conference preseason poll.

> Orlando Antigua is in his second season as the USF’s head coach with seven returners from last season. A big difference from coach’s first season when he inherited three players who logged minutes.

> Counted among USF’s seven returners is Troy Holston Jr., who suffered a torn ACL in July.

> USF returns five players who started at least eight games last season including all three post players - Jaleel Cousins, Ruben Guerrero and Chris Perry.

> Overall, 74 percent of the Bulls’ rebounding and 89 percent of their blocked shots return from last season.

> Among the Bulls’ newcomers is former five-star guard Roddy Peters, who is the team’s point guard this season.

> USF’s schedule includes nine teams with an RPI of 54 or better.



Orlando Antigua and his staff announced the signing of three on Nov. 13, during the early signing period.

Troy Baxter is a 6-8, 190-pound forward from Tallahassee, Fla. He was rated four stars by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports and is currently playing for Oldsmar Christian in nearby Oldsmar, Fla. Baxter was one of the first players that Antigua targeted after accepting the USF job in 2014.

Andres Feliz is a 6-2, 180-pound guard originally from the Dominican Republic, but currently plays for West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla. He was given a three-star rating by Rivals.com. Last season, Feliz helped West Oaks to a 32-4 record and a SIAA state championship. This past summer he was the starting point guard for the Dominican Republic at the U19 FIBA World Championships with USF assistant coach Oliver Antigua also on staff. He was the leading scorer on the team and in the tournament with 18.9 points averaged over seven games. Also last summer, Feliz was the youngest of the group that played wiith the Dominican Republic National Team at the Pan-American Games in Toronto.

Malik Fitts is a 6-5, 215-pound small forward from La Verne, Calif. who is in his final season at Brewster Academy Prep in New Hampshire. He is a Rivals.com three-star recruit and is ranked No. 55 among small forwards in the 2016 class. Prior to Brewster, attended Damien High School in La Verne and helped his team win the CIF D3 State Championship.

> HoopSeen.com ranked the recruiting classes in the American Athletic Conference and placed the Bulls third behind No. 1 UConn and No. 2 Cincinnati. It also lists Andres Feliz as the best scorer in the class and Troy Baxter as the best athlete. Website writer Justin Young went on to say this: Troy Baxter is a highlight reel with unique size. Andres Feliz has league-leading scoring potential while Malik Fitts is a top 300 level talent.



USF will travel for its first true road game of the season at Delaware on Thursday at 7 p.m.



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