Batman had Robin. The Skipper had Gilligan.
If the USF men’s basketball team wants to snap its five-game losing streak tonight against East Carolina, the Bulls need to find additional production to be the ying to forward Terrence Leather’s yang.
Leather, who leads the team in scoring (13.4 points per game) and rebounds (8.9), along with the team’s second-leading scorer Bradley Mosley (11.4 ppg) saw constant doubleteams in the Bulls 65-53 loss to Houston Saturday.
“We all need to step it up in both rebounding and points and also defense,” junior Brandon Brigman said. “The way we are looking right now, we all need to have a good game, every game, to put us in a position to win.”
With only seven scholarship players, the Bulls are running out of options to step up the level of play.
At the guard position, Mosley and junior point guard Brian Swift are picking up most the minutes without a backup to take either of their places.
One of the players who will be looked at to step in for the Bulls, along with taking pressure off the guards, is Brigman, who started his second game of the season against the Cougars.
“Brian and Bradley don’t have any backup,” Brigman said. “So, I’m trying to take a lot of pressure off them by rebounding and playing defense.”
Brigman was inserted in the starting lineup, replacing center Gerrick Morris, who has posted 4.3 ppg in 14 starts.
“(Coach Robert McCullum has told me the) same thing he’s been saying all season, not downing Gerrick,” Brigman said. “But, he’s looking for the person to do the job and he feels like right now it’s me.”
Brigman will be just one of the Bulls who is needed to step up in order to get USF’s first Conference USA win and the first win in six games.
“The way the team is going right now, we need to get a boost from everybody,” Brigman said. “No matter who you are, right now we need to give a boost.”