NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Head coach Stan Heath of the South Florida Bulls gestures from the bench against the Villanova Wildcats during the first round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
After a rough first half for both teams, the score stood tied at 27. The score was only tied because of a Jawanza Poland three-pointer for USF at the buzzer. By the 6:13 mark of the second half, Seton Hall had a 52-42 lead. The game was not over at that point. The Bulls kept pushing and after a 7-0 run tied the game at 53 with just 2:28 to play.
How did USF do it? For starters, they outrebounded the Pirates. They also caught fire at the right time and held Seton Hall scoreless for almost four minutes as the game wound down. With 56 seconds to play, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick completed a three-point play at the line to give USF a 56-53 lead. After Seton Hall spent way too much time on their possession they got lucky on a put back shot with 23 seconds left. USF's Anthony Collins unfathomably fouled Jordan Theodore with three seconds to play but Theodore missed his free throw and the Bulls held on for the upset win.
Ron Anderson Jr. led the Bulls with 14 points. Nobody else scored in double figures for South Florida, but the six other Bulls who scored had at least six points apiece. Theodore led the Pirates with 16 points. Haralds Karlis was 4-5 from behind the arc for Seton Hall and finished with 12 points. Outside of Karlis, the Pirates shot just 3-14 from three-point range.
There are six Big East basketball games on the schedule on Saturday: No. 16 UConn at Notre Dame (11 a.m., TV: ESPN 2), Villanova at Cincinnati (12 p.m., TV: ESPN3), Pitt at No. 24 Marquette (2 p.m., TV: ESPNU), Rutgers at West Virginia (2 p.m., TV: ESPN3), DePaul at No. 15 Louisville (4 p.m., TV: ESPN3), Providence at No. 1 Syracuse (6 p.m., TV: ESPN3)