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Milton, Moore help No. 12 SMU rout South Florida 92-58

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Shake Milton scored 22 points and Nic Moore added 17 as No. 12 SMU rebounded from its second loss of the season with a 92-58 rout of struggling South Florida on Sunday.

The Mustangs (20-2, 9-2 American Athletic Conference) shrugged off a three-point road loss to Houston by matching their season high with 14 3-pointers and shooting 60 percent overall. They never trailed, scoring the game’s first 11 points. SMU hit its last six shots before halftime and then opened the second half with an 8-0 run to build their lead to 30 points.

Jahmal McMurray led South Florida (5-20, 2-10) with 18 points.

SMU, which had lost two straight on the road, has matched the best 22-game start in school history. The Mustangs won 26 of their first 28 games before finishing 26-4 in 1955-56.

The conference leaders have topped 20 wins in three of four seasons under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who was suspended for the first nine games of the season and will not be able to take the Mustangs to this year’s NCAA tournament because of multiple rules infractions.

Milton made 8 of 12 shots, including 6 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc. Five of Moore’s six field goals were 3-pointers, and the senior guard finished with eight assists.

Jordan Tolbert made all five of his shots on the way 15 points and Markus Kennedy came off the bench to contribute 10 points and grab a team-high nine rebounds for SMU.

South Florida clinched its second 20-loss season in three years under coach Orlando Antigua. Jaleel Cousins scored 13 points and Angel Nunez had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who trailed by as many as 36 points in the second half.


SMU: The Mustangs improved to 2-2 following a school-best 18-0 start, stopping a two-game road skid included a nine-point setback at Temple and the three-point loss at Houston. SMU has won 27 games each of the past two seasons and its 74 wins since the start of 2013-14 are the most during a three-season span in program history.

South Florida: The Bulls haven’t beaten a ranked team since Feb. 19, 2012, when they upset No. 19 Louisville 58-51 on the road. They haven’t defeated a Top 25 opponent in the Sun Dome since a two-point win over No. 23 Seton Hall on Jan. 13, 2012. USF is 0-3 vs. ranked opponents this season, with two of the three losses to SMU. The Bulls lost to then-No. 1 Kentucky on Nov. 27.


SMU hosts Tulsa on Wednesday.

South Florida is at Temple on Feb. 14.

JuCo guard commits to South Florida

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Luis Montero, a sophomore guard at Westchester Community College, has committed to Orlando Antigua and South Florida.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the commitment with Montero telling him, “I know he’s going to take me to the next level. “We got a good relationship. I know we are going to be better.”

Worth noting, Montero is a native of the Dominican Republic, and Antigua, the first-year head coach for the Bulls has served as the Dominican Republic national team coach since August 2013.

The 6-foot-7 Montero arrived in the United States in 2012 when he attended Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Massachusetts) for a lone season before transferring to Westchester Community College. In his first season in the JuCo ranks, Montero averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Although his stint at WCC could potentially cause problems for him at South Florida. The Westchester basketball program has been the center of an eligibility scandal, as a former coach had forged transcripts for players. As a result, Jamell Walker and Damien Davis lost their scholarships at Florida A&M. The fallout continued days and weeks later, as Keith Thomas, who averaged 15.7 boards last season, was ruled academically ineligible at St. John’s while Quinnipiac guard Giovanni McLean is prohibited from practicing or playing until the university reviews his academic eligibility.

Montero joins guard Luis Santos and power forward Jahmal McMurray, both of Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas), and Arlington Country Day small forward Tulio Da Silva in South Florida’s Class of 2015. That group is also joined by Maryland transfer Roddy Peters, who is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

South Florida lands commitment from 6-foot-8 forward

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An unofficial visit led to South Florida’s second commitment in the Class of 2015.

Russ Wood of Rivals, reported that Arlington Country Day (Florida) 2015 forward Tulio Da Silva gave his verbal commitment to first-year head coach Orlando Antigua. The 6-foot-8 joins three-star power forward Luis Santos in Antigua’s inaugural recruiting class.

That class will also include former Maryland guard Roddy Peters who is sitting out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

In June, Da Silva appeared in the FIBA U18 Americas Championships in Colorado Springs. He averaged 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game. Later in the summer, he played in the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago, posting averages of 7.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.2 blocks a contest in the four-game showcase.

South Florida’s starting point guard receives medical hardship waiver from NCAA

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South Florida junior point guard Anthony Collins was granted a medical hardship wavier from the NCAA on Tuesday evening, the program announced via Twitter.

Collins, the Bulls starting point guard, was limited to only eight games during the 2013-2014 season due to swelling in his left knee. The 6-foot-1 floor general averaged 6.9 points, 5.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game in his shortened season.

“I’m 100 percent and I feel great and I can’t wait to get back on the court,” Collins said in an interview with USF play-by-play announcer Jim Louk last month.

Collins, who was a member of the NCAA tournament team in 2012, graduated this spring and elected to stay at USF rather than gain immediate eligibility at another school. The Bulls were 6-2 in non-conference play with Collins in the lineup. USF stumbled to a last-place finish in the American Athletic Conference with a 12-20 (3-15 AAC) record. In the offseason, Orlando Antigua replaced Stan Heath as head coach.

The return of Collins is a boost for the first-year head coach who saw a handful of players depart the program this offseason, including guards JaVontae Hawkins and Josh Heath, Stan’s son.

As a sophomore, Collins averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Last season, he was an AAC preseason second team pick.

Report: Kentucky, Ohio State to headline doubleheader in Miami in 2015

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is set to debut a new early season doubleheader for the 2015-2016 season, according to a report on Saturday evening from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Kentucky, Memphis, Ohio State and South Florida will compete in a pair of games at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Nov. 27, 2015. John Calipari and his Wildcats will go head-to-head with a familiar face in Orlando Antigua, the new head coach of USF, while Ohio State will take on Memphis.

Goodman notes that under the event’s format, each school will play three games in addition to the neutral-court matchup.

The Basketball Hall of Fame sponsors another early season showcase, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Tip-Off Tournament, held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Last year’s event featured a showdown between Louisville and North Carolina. The 2014 field includes Notre Dame, Providence, Florida State and UMass.

South Florida transfer Zach LeDay commits to Virginia Tech

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Former South Florida forward Zach LeDay will transfer to Virginia Tech, he announced on Tuesday night.

“I’m going to play at Virginia Tech. Thanks to all those who support me and all I believe in!” he tweeted.

LeDay was one of six players to transfer this offseason. Stan Heath was fired a head coach fired after seven seasons with a combined 97-130 record. That sparked a roster overhaul, though, LeDay waited until weeks after Orlando Antigua was introduced as head coach before he elected to leave the program.

The 6-foot-7 LeDay averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 board per game as a sophomore, starting half of the team’s games.

LeDay joins a large incoming class for Buzz Williams, who left Marquette for Blacksburg, Virginia after six seasons in the Big East. Ahmed Hill, a four-star shooting guard, headlines the group of freshmen entering the program along with shooting guard Jalen Hudson, small forward Justin Bibbs and center Satchel Pierce.

In May, former Maryland sophomore guard Seth Allen announced he would join the Hokies. Allen and LeDay will sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.