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Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.

The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last four points of the first half to take a 36-35 lead at halftime.

"We got defensive stops and clean rebounds, which led to some fast breaks," USF coach Brian Gregory said of his team’s second-half run against the Wildcats (5-6). "A little bit of everybody produced in that stretch."

Graduate transfer Stephan Jiggetts scored a team-high 20 points for the Bulls, pushing the former Fairleigh Dickinson point guard over 1,000 points for his career. "I didn’t even know I was that close (to 1,000)," he said. "Coming off of four losses straight, we knew we had to get this one."

49ers fire coach: Charlotte fired coach Mark Price, the school said. Price, 53, a four-time NBA All-Star point guard, was in his third season with the 49ers and had a 30-42 record, including 16-20 in Conference USA. Price told the Charlotte Observer he was "stunned" by the move. "I was called in this morning and was told they were going to make a change," he said. "They said they didn’t like the direction of the program was taking and that I might have lost some of my players, which I don’t agree with."


FSU ADDITION: Telly Lockette has been hired to coach tight ends at Florida State, the first addition to Willie Taggart’s staff. Lockette, the running backs coach at Oregon State the past three seasons, was the running backs coach at USF under Taggart in 2013-14.

No charges for Sooners RB: An Oklahoma prosecutor decided against charging Sooners running back Rodney Anderson with sexual assault, clearing a cloud hanging over the team ahead of its College Football Playoff semifinal against Georgia. "Definitely, charges are not warranted under these circumstances," Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said. The accusation stemmed from a petition for a protective order in which a woman said Anderson assaulted her in her apartment last month. Mashburn’s assistant prosecutor, Susan Caswell, said one of the woman’s close friends told an investigator the accuser called the friend from a bathroom saying she was excited that Anderson was at her house. "She said that she had vomited but intended to brush her teeth and go back and kiss him some more," Caswell said, describing what the friend told the investigator.

GEORGIA: A misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against starting linebacker Natrez Patrick has been dismissed, likely clearing the way for him to play against Oklahoma in the CFP semifinals. Receiver Jayson Stanley negotiated an agreement to plead guilty to possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and speeding, while a DUI drug charge was dismissed.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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