Scores

Final

Cincinnati 45

(20-9, 10-6 Big East)

South Florida 46

(18-11, 11-5 Big East)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    12:00 PM ET, February 26, 2012

    Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

    1 2 T
    CIN 23 2245
    USF 25 2146

    Top Performers

    Cincinnati: S. Kilpatrick 13 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    South Florida: A. Collins 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    South Florida 46, Cincinnati 45

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Freshman point guard Anthony Collins drained two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift South Florida past Cincinnati 46-45 on Sunday in a Big East Conference game that carried NCAA Tournament implications for both teams.

    South Florida (18-11, 11-5) is seeking its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992. Cincinnati (20-9, 10-6) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

    For the sixth consecutive outing, South Florida held an opponent to 20 points under its scoring average. Cincinnati, which shot just 34.6 percent from the field (18 of 52), came in averaging 69.8 points per game.

    Collins finished with 14 points for the Bulls, who went up 44-43 on two free throws by Ron Anderson Jr. with 26.3 seconds remaining.

    Cincinnati retook the lead, 45-44, on Cashmere Wright's basket with 9.5 seconds left.

    Sean Kilpatrick paced Cincinnati with 13 points.

    After Collins' go-ahead free throws, Cincinnati had one final opportunity. But South Florida, with two fouls to give before a bonus situation, committed a foul in the frontcourt. With 0.7 seconds remaining, an inbounds pass attempt by Cincinnati's Dion Dixon was deflected by South Florida's Victor Rudd Jr.

    South Florida maintained a lead throughout the second half until 5:56 remaining, when Cincinnati's Yancy Gates scored his first points of the game on an alley-oop dunk, giving the Bearcats a 39-37 advantage.

    Cincinnati stretched its lead to four points, but South Florida surged ahead on a baseline jumper by Jawanza Poland, followed by a 3-pointer from Toarlyn Fizpatrick.

    Wright's jumper with 1:03 remaining put Cincinnati up 43-42, setting up South Florida's final free-throw attempts by Anderson and Collins.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CIN
    USF
    Points 45 46
    FG Made-Attempted 18-53 (.340) 19-46 (.413)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-7 (.857) 5-8 (.625)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 6

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