Rudd, who had a break-out night in only his second game, scored 10 of his points in the first period as USF built a 32-29 halftime lead despite only hitting 37.9 percent (11 of 29) from the floor. The sophomore than erupted for 20 second half points as USF cruised the rest the way out.
"I've been bragging on him for a while, and I didn't want to eat crow," Bulls coach Stan Heath said of Rudd, a sophomore transfer from Arizona State. "But I think we saw a glimpse of how talented the young man is, and we just rode that wave."
Marist, coming off a 50-point loss Friday at Kentucky, shot only 42.3 percent (11 of 26) in the first half but scored the first seven points after the break.
After 10 lead changes and trailing 46-42, the Bulls than scored 15 unanswered points to pull away.Click here to share your thoughts with other USF fans!