South Florida Vs Cal
March 15, 2012 by staff
South Florida Vs Cal, South Florida put on a defensive showcase and shut down California, 65-54, to capture the program’s first win in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls and Golden Bears were two of the last four at-large teams selected into the tourney, but only the former showed they belonged in the now 64-team field. The No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region set up a date with fifth-seeded Temple in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday.
Despite not having a player average double digits coming in, South Florida (21-13) had four do so in Wednesday’s opening-round mismatch.
Victor Rudd Jr. netted 15 points, Anthony Collins had 12, Augustus Gilchrist chipped in 11 and Jawanza Poland rounded out the high scorers with 10 in the Bulls’ first NCAA tourney appearance in 20 years.
The real difference was South Florida’s Big East-best defense. The Bears (24-10) were held to 13 points in the first half and wound up shooting 36 percent overall, including a 3-for-14 effort from behind the arc.
“It feels good to win on this stage,” Rudd said. “People didn’t expect us to be here. So we just want to make our point proving that we deserve to be here. And we want to keep going.”
Harper Kamp led Cal in scoring with 19 points, while Jorge Gutierrez, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, netted just 11 points in defeat.
South Florida opened the first half on an 8-0 run and ended it by scoring the final 14 points.
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