S. Florida beats Tulane 80-75 for first conference win
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Stephan Jiggetts scored 23 points, Terrence Samuel added 16 with a career-high 12 rebounds, and South Florida nearly blew a 23-point lead but held off Tulane 80-75 on Thursday night to win its first American Conference game of the season and snap a seven-game skid.
It's the first conference road win for the Bulls (8-13, 1-7) since Feb. 16, 2016 at ECU (69-52), and they have surpassed their seven-win total for the entire 2016-17 season.
Payton Banks scored 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and Justin Brown added 10 points for the Bulls, who led 31-22 at halftime, but missed 6 of 16 free throws in the final 1:27 under the Green Wave's pressure defense.
The Bulls pulled ahead 48-29 in the second half and led by 23 with 7 minutes left after Samuel and Brown hit back-to-back 3s. Tulane closed to 71-63 on Samir Sehic's 3 with 1:27 to go, then trailed by three on Jordan Cornish's layup with 10 seconds left. Jiggetts blocked Colin Slater's 3, then ran out the clock to seal it.
Updated January 25, 2018