USF 117, TCU 108: Led by B.B. Waldon's 37 points, South Florida doesn't slow at all for its C-USA opener.
By PETE YOUNG, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 6, 2002
TAMPA -- According to South Florida coach Seth Greenberg, TCU played no fewer than five types of defense Saturday against the Bulls.
They all stunk.
USF, led by a career-high 37 points from B.B. Waldon, set a Greenberg-era scoring record in a 117-108 win.
In the Bulls' Conference USA opener and TCU's first C-USA game ever, the action darted from end-to-end throughout. USF (10-3) staked a 64-47 halftime lead and was never threatened, pushing the margin to 24 early in the second half and keeping it in double digits until the final minute.
The Bulls compiled some absurd statistics. They established a scoring record for a C-USA game (116 by UAB vs. Houston in 1999), came within three of equaling the school record (120 at Central Florida, 1975) and tied the Sun Dome record (vs. Roosevelt, 1982). USF's 49 field goals -- the Bulls made 42 of 65 two-point attempts -- was three short of the school mark.
"The statistics in this game are totally out of whack," Greenberg said. "We got up 89 shots. Are you kidding me?
"We passed and caught the ball as well as we have all season."
Individually, Waldon, scoring inside with impunity (USF had 70 points in the paint to 16 for TCU), tied the school record for field goals with 17 (Doug Aplin vs. UCF in 1975), Reggie Kohn set a career high for assists (14) and Altron Jackson set a personal best for rebounds (12).
Jackson did not start because, "His attitude hasn't been good. He hasn't been a good teammate," Greenberg said. Jackson had 14 points and six assists in 27 minutes.
"It was like they were guarding you but they weren't," Kohn said. "They just wanted to go to the other end and play (offense)."
"It was almost like (playing against) our third-team defense," center Will McDonald said. "When we were practicing (for TCU), I was like, "I hope they play this defense a lot.' "
Added Waldon: "We knew we could destroy their defense and score at will."
It will be bulletin-board material for the rematch on Feb. 16 in Fort Worth, Texas, but what else could the USF players say? It seemed like the Bulls were on the power play every possession as the Horned Frogs barely feigned interest in guarding anyone.
On the downside, USF's defense wasn't much better in the second half, as the Bulls allowed 61 points. TCU (10-5) made 14-of-26 3-point attempts to keep it from getting out of hand.
"If they got 100, we weren't playing all that great either," McDonald said.
Senior center Mike Bernard, suspended the first eight games, had his best game of the season, scoring 12 in 12 minutes and throwing down a couple of dunks.
"It was great to see big Mike play like that," Kohn said.
Freshman forward Kelvin Brown did not play for the third time in four games and is suspended indefinitely.
"He is not fulfilling the responsibilities I set up for him academically and as a teammate," Greenberg said.
Junior Blount led TCU with 31 points on 6-for-14 3-point shooting.
"We knew going into this league that the teams are very physical, very athletic," TCU coach Billy Tubbs said. "We got taught a lesson at the (No.) 4 and 5 spots. It was a rude indoctrination."