Nov. 17, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - Ben Averkamp and Devon Turk scored nine points apiece, but host South Florida (2-1) shot 50 percent (24 for 48) from the field to earn a 68-50 victory over Loyola University Chicago (2-2) tonight at The Sun Dome in the second game for both teams at the USF Invitational. The Ramblers committed 15 turnovers on the night.
"I thought we came out and played hard but we just had some breakdowns that cost us," Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. "I like the character of this team. Our guys want to be good and we are going to be good. We are just going through some growing pains right now and have to learn from this and get better."
In the first few minutes of the game, both teams looked like squads playing on consecutive nights as they combined to go 2 of 12 from the field in the opening 4:20. Loyola trailed 12-10 with nine minutes to go in the opening half, but a basket by Martino Brock kicked off a 26-11 run to close the half as the Bulls took a 38-21lead into the locker room. USF capitalized on nine first-half Rambler turnovers and converted those into 10 points.
Loyola opened the second half with five quick points thanks to a three-pointer from Jordan Hicks and a bucket by Averkamp, but the Ramblers were unable to sustain that momentum as USF answered with five straight points of its own to extend its lead back to 17.
Nick Osborne's dunk off an alley-oop pass from Turk brought the Ramblers within 58-45, but that was as close as they would get against a Bulls team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Averkamp and Turk notched nine points apiece for Loyola, which also received eight points, four assists and three rebounds from Tanner Williams and seven points from Hicks.
Kore White scored 15 points off the bench to pace USF.
Loyola closes out the USF Invitational tomorrow by facing Maryland-Eastern Shore at 12 p.m. Eastern. UMES fell to Western Michigan, 68-51, earlier Saturday night.