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USF men prevail in tightly called exhibition

TAMPA — It was an exhibition all right, a display of college basketball’s promised emphasis on tighter officiating this season. The South Florida men’s basketball team defeated Barry 88-53 at the Sun Dome with 59 fouls called.

USF was 39-for-58 from the free-throw line. The school’s single-game record for free throws attempted is 53 in 1991.

“Teams are going to adjust to the hand-checking and blocks that weren’t called before,’’ USF coach Stan Heath said.

The Bulls also must adjust to playing without junior point guard Anthony Collins, whose knee remains swollen, an injury that has become “puzzling’’ to Heath. USF hopes to have Collins for Saturday’s home opener against Tennessee Tech, but Heath isn’t certain.

Heath was pleased with the impact of freshmen John Egbunu (10 points, four rebounds, three blocked shots) and Chris Perry (10 points, eight rebounds). Other double-digit scorers for USF were Martino Brock (15 points, nine rebounds); Victor Rudd (15 points, eight rebounds); Musa Abdul-Aleem (11) and JaVontae Hawkins (11).

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