Heading into Saturday’s men’s basketball game, both USF and Tulane were winless in Conference USA play.
However, only one team walked away with a win. USF lost to Tulane 70-65 at Fogelman Arena, dropping their seventh consecutive game while staying winless in C-USA.
USF (6-12, 0-7 C-USA) posted its highest scoring total since Dec. 30 when the Bulls put up 66 against New Orleans before entering conference play, and saw Terrence Leather almost score a career high against the Green Wave (8-11, 1-7).
The Bulls shot 42.6 percent from the floor, a feat not seen from the team since the matchup against New Orleans.
Junior forward Terrence Leather scored a game-high 24 points — one shy of his career best — while also leading the Bulls with seven rebounds.
The Bulls also had something they haven’t had in some time: help for Leather.
Point guard Brian Swift chipped in 17 points and played all 40 minutes. Junior guard Bradley Mosley, who also played the full 40 while scored 13 points.
While the Bulls provided more offense than they have in the past seven games, they were offensive on the glass.
The Bulls had their worst rebounding night of the season, tallying 26 total rebounds, including a season-low 18 defensive rebounds and the second-worst offensive rebounding performance of the season, grabbing 10 offensive boards.
Tulane out-rebounded the Bulls 44-28 while playing nine players to the Bulls’ seven (USF center Konimba Diarra played one minute).
Coach Robert McCullum could not be reached for comment.
The Bulls couldn’t get their rebounding game off the ground despite starting their three best rebounders, center Gerrick Morris and forwards Brandon Brigman and Terrence Leather.
USF will look to pick up its first C-USA win today when the Bulls host TCU at 7 p.m.