TAMPA BAY, FL.----The South Florida Bulls kicked off the 2013 season on Saturday evening against Tennessee Tech and came out on top after 40 minutes of battling inside the Sun Dome.
The Bulls are now 32-11 in season opening games after the 72-62 win over the Ohio Valley Conference opponent on Saturday. Senior Victor Rudd was a force all night long, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds, two steals on 5-of-11 shooting and 11-of-12 from the free throw line.
Preseason AAC-Second Team standout Anthony Collins is still nursing a knee injury and was held out of the action for the second straight contest. First year point guard Corey Allen Jr. filled in for Collins and more than held his own, chipping in with seven points, seven assists and five rebounds in his debut in the green and white.
The freshman combination of Chris Perry and John Egbunu hit the hardwood for the second straight game in Tampa and yet again, didn't disappoint. The Sunshine State duo combined for 14 rebounds and four blocks.
Egbunu finished with seven points, which all were from the free throw line, seven rebounds and two blocks. Perry on the other hand, finished 14 points, 7 rebounds, an assist, two steals and two blocks.
Freshman Ty Allen led the Golden Eagles with 25 points on the night and sophomore Josiah Moore contributed with 15 points for Tennessee Tech.
The Bulls shot just 62.5% from the free throw lane on the evening and battled with significant foul trouble. John Egbunu, Victor Rudd both and Javontae Hawkins all had four fouls for the Bulls and Musa Abdul-Aleem had three.
South Florida will look to improve to 2-0 on the season on Tuesday night when they host Bethune-Cookman at 7:00 p.m. at home inside the Sun Dome.