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Allen leads USF to 91-65 rout over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — Corey Allen Jr. led the University of South Florida to a 91-65 win against Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday night, even though he didn’t get much help from his teammates early in the game.

Allen, filling in at point guard for the injured Anthony Collins, scored a game-high 21 points and added nine assists, but the first half was closer than USF coach Stan Heath would have wanted because of poor execution offensively.

The Bulls (2-0) couldn’t make shots against the undersized Wildcats’ zone defense, shooting just 13-for-34 from the floor in the first half en route to a 38-29 halftime lead. Apart from Allen, who went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, USF’s shooters were a combined 0-for-13 from 3-point range before Musa Abdul-Aleem finally made one with 3:13 left to play.

“I just let the game come to me,” Allen said. “My teammates found me, and it’s a shot I work on all the time, so I just had to step up and knock it down. We were running up and down, we had a fast pace and everybody was making shots. You can’t ask for more than that.”

USF led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but three consecutive 3-pointers made by Bethune-Cookman (1-1) at the end of the half cut the Bulls’ lead to single digits. The Wildcats stayed in the game due to their shooting from beyond the arc, where they were 10-for-28 in the game.

As the second half progressed, the Bulls finally started to use their interior size, outscoring Bethune-Cookman 46-20 in the paint. USF also ran the floor to great success, outscoring the Wildcats 20-0 on the fast break.

USF finished with five players in double digits. Victor Rudd finished with 14 points, to go along with Chris Perry’s 13, Abdul-Aleem’s 12 and Martino Brock’s 10. Allen also chipped in with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

“That’s Allen’s game,” Heath said. “He can do it a lot of different ways. He’s a guy where if you dare him to shoot and he’s got his feet set, he can knock it down. He’s not really hunting for 3s. He’s definitely a guy that can score the ball.”

BETHUNE-COOKMAN (1-1) — Elliott 1-7 2-2 4, Jackson 2-7 0-0 6, Taylor 0-2 1-2 1, Trapp 4-13 2-2 13, Brown 6-13 1-2 13, Kynard 2-10 5-5 10, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Owens 5-12 0-0 14, Johnson 1-4 2-2 4, Dempster 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-72 13-15 65.

SOUTH FLORIDA (2-0) — Rudd 4-9 6-7 14, Egbunu 2-4 1-2 5, Brock 4-10 2-2 10, Abdul-Aleem 4-11 3-3 12, Allen Jr. 7-9 4-4 21, LeDay 2-3 1-2 5, McLendon 1-3 0-0 2, Hawkins 2-5 5-6 9, Perry 5-9 3-6 13. Totals 31-63 25-32 91.

Halftime—South Florida 38-29. 3-Point Goals—Bethune-Cookman 10-28 (Owens 4-9, Trapp 3-9, Jackson 2-5, Kynard 1-3, Johnson 0-2), South Florida 4-17 (Allen Jr. 3-3, Abdul-Aleem 1-7, Brock 0-1, McLendon 0-1, Rudd 0-2, Hawkins 0-3). Rebounds—Bethune-Cookman 43 (Brown 8), South Florida 42 (Egbunu 10). Assists—Bethune-Cookman 9 (Kynard 4), South Florida 22 (Allen Jr. 9). Total Fouls—Bethune-Cookman 22, South Florida 17. Technical—Bethune-Cookman Bench. A—3,549.

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