Scores

Final

South Florida 80

(14-15, 5-11 C-USA)

(23) Cincinnati 68

(24-7, 12-4 C-USA)

    9:30 PM ET, March 10, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    USF 36 4480
    #23CIN 35 3368

    Top Performers

    South Florida: T. Leather 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cincinnati: J. Maxiell 21 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    South Florida to face other surprise squad, Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Terrence Leather scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, and South Florida upset Cincinnati 80-68 Thursday night in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals.

    The 11th-seeded Bulls (14-15) now have won three straight and reached the tournament semifinals for the first time in their last season as a member. The Bulls will be playing in the Big East next season along with Cincinnati.

    No team has dominated Conference USA like the Bearcats, who were trying to add a fifth tournament title to the one they won last year.

    But it will be the Bulls playing Memphis, an 83-69 upset winner over Charlotte, in the semifinals Friday instead of Cincinnati (24-7).

    Brian Swift added 16 points for the Bulls, James Holmes and Marlyn Bryant each had 14.

    Jason Maxiell led Cincinnati with 21 points, Eric Hicks added 18 and James White had 10.

    The Bearcats had dominated their series with USF, winning 18 of the 21 games and the last 14.

    USF, which now has upset two ranked teams in its winning streak, never backed down against the physical Bearcats (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP). The Bulls outshot Cincinnati 45.2 percent to 37.1 percent and outrebounded the Bearcats 41-37.

    Cincinnati hit just 12 of 36 in the second half.

    The Bearcats led 50-46 on a jumper by Armein Kirkland when the Bulls got going and scored the next 11 points, including eight from Leather. His second straight 3-pointer put the Bulls up 57-50 with 11:16 left.

    The Bulls led 71-57 on a bucket by Jones with 6:41 to go.

    Cincinnati tried to respond as White scored on a three-point play, and Nick Williams hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to pull within 71-65 with 5:13 left. That was as close as the Bearcats would get.

    The Bulls led 36-35 at halftime after refusing to back down against Cincinnati in a half with five ties and eight lead changes.

    USF upset sixth-seeded Houston in the opening round, and the Bulls started their quarterfinal with an 8-2 run for a 21-13 lead on Leather's 3 midway through the half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USF
    CIN
    Points 80 68
    FG Made-Attempted 28-62 (.452) 26-70 (.371)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-18 (.444) 5-27 (.185)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-20 (.800) 11-12 (.917)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 4

    2004-05 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 27, 2005 CIN 74, @USF 48Recap
    » Mar 10, 2005 USF 80, @CIN 68Recap