Growing pains were inevitable this season for USF men’s basketball with only three returning starters from last year’s team, but a nine-game losing streak wasn’t in coach Orlando Antigua’s plans.
“We keep coming up a little bit short, but that just means we have some more work to do,” Antigua said at his weekly media appearance.
Antigua sees his team is struggling, but said it is only a matter of time until they get where they need to be. USF lost another close game against conference foe Cincinnati, showing the team is at least making progress.
“It’s something I knew we had in us and you’ve seen some glimpses of it,” Antigua said. “Our job is to
continue to develop it and continue to grow it and continue to encourage it so that we can get more consistent effort and energy.”
USF has a chance to turn things around against in-state rival UCF, but for Antigua, it’s just another game.
“The rivalry is for the fans and the alumni,” Antigua said. “For us, it’s just another opportunity to go out and compete against a team in our conference to see if we can get better.”
Allen Jr. receives
AAC Honor Roll
After averaging 21 points over the past four games, senior guard Corey Allen Jr. received his second AAC honor.
Allen Jr. scored 18 points in the Bulls’ last game Saturday against Cincinnati, following up a 16-point outing Wednesday against Temple.
Following a 3-2 weekend in the USF Softball Classic, juniors Erica Nunn and Lee Ann Spivey were named to the AAC conference honor roll for the first time this season.
Nunn dominated the weekend, pitching with a 1-1 record, a save and the first no-hitter of her career.
Nunn struck out 10 batters and held opposing hitters to a .033 batting average in 9 1/3 innings pitched.
Catching those pitches was Spivey, who led the team with six hits and six RBI. She hit her first home run of the season in a 7-5 win over Hampton in the team’s season opener Thursday, and finished the tournament batting .375.