Derryck Thornton, Nik Popovic lead Boston College previous South Florida


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derryck Thornton scored 22 factors, Nik Popovic had 15, and Boston College rallied previous South Florida for a 74-60 victory Sunday afternoon.

Boston College (2-0) capitalized on a 38-29 rebounding benefit, led by Steffon Mitchell with 13 and Popovic with eight. Julian Rishwain helped the Eagles with 11 factors, and C.J. Felder added 10.

South Florida (1-1) compelled 28 turnovers however didn’t take benefit with 40.7 % total capturing, pricey fouls and 21 turnovers of its personal.

The Eagles went on a 20-Four run late within the first half after 5 lead modifications. Popovic, a 6-foot-11 senior ahead, capped the surge with a buzzer-beater from the left nook to make it 43-32.

South Florida was in management for many of the first half, taking its greatest lead at 26-17 seven minutes earlier than the break.

David Collins led the Bulls with 19 factors and 7 steals. Laquincy Rideau scored 14 factors, and Ezacuras Dawson completed with 11.


Boston College: A pair of newcomers have the Eagles off to a flying begin. Thornton, a graduate switch from USC, produced 45 factors in his first two video games. Freshman guard Jay Heath has 24, together with 18 in a season-opening victory towards Atlantic Coast Conference rival Wake Forest.

South Florida: The Bulls are lacking star ahead Alexis Yetna, who suffered a season-ending knee damage throughout a preseason observe. The redshirt sophomore was the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year final season with a league-leading 9.6 rebounds per sport and 15 double-doubles.


Boston College will look to stay unbeaten when it begins a five-game homestand towards High Point on Wednesday night time, the primary of its 4 opponents within the eighth annual Gotham Classic.

South Florida hosts IUPUI on Wednesday night time within the opening spherical of the eight-team Cayman Islands Classic.


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