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USF rains 3-pointers in victory

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published December 31, 2001

JACKSONVILLE -- South Florida salvaged its weekend road trip through the Atlantic Sun Conference with a come-from-behind 77-72 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday at Swisher Gymnasium.

The victory came two days after a 14-point loss at Florida Atlantic.

"We were hoping to pick up a pair of wins this weekend and take an 11-2 record into the Conference USA season," USF coach Jose Fernandez said. "But we earned a split instead and we're 10-3, although we learned a valuable lesson in our loss Friday. We must value every possession and play with the same intensity we played with at the beginning of the season."

USF took a while to get to that level Sunday, missing 17 of its first 20 attempts and trailed 18-7 midway through the first half. The deficit grew as large as 13 points at 25-12 with 6:40 to play.

At that point, the Bulls came alive from beyond the 3-point arc, hitting five from long range to key a 17-10 run. After the half, they continued the attack and took the lead at 68-66 with 1:06 to play.

The Bulls finished with a school-record 14 3-pointers, including eight in the second half, and forced 41 turnovers.

Alana Tanksley tied the USF single-game record with six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 21 points.

Yvette Jackson, sister of USF forward Altron Jackson, was one of three Dolphins with 14 points. Jacksonville is 1-8.

USF opens its C-USA season against UAB at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sun Dome.

CLEMSON 74, FSU 70: The Seminoles scored nine points in 20 seconds in closing to 72-70 with 14.3 seconds to play, but couldn't catch the host Tigers. Tasheika Morris hit a 3-pointer and Shinikki Whiting was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throw. But the Seminoles were forced to foul, and Clemson walked away a winner.

MINNESOTA 80, UM 65: The Hurricanes' five-game win streak ended before a home crowd as three Golden Gophers scored in double digits, led by Lindsay Whalen's 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Chanivia Broussard led UM with 17 points and five rebounds.

NO. 17 S. CAROLINA 82, FAMU 29: Jocelyn Penn had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the host Gamecocks picked up their eighth straight win. South Carolina's 12-1 start is the best in school history, and the 29 points were the fewest the Gamecocks have allowed.

TAMPA 68, PITT-JOHNSTOWN 65: Yushanda Morse scored 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead the host Spartans (9-3). Tampa opens Sunshine State Conference play against Rollins on Jan. 9.

MARS HILL 84, FLA. SOUTHERN 73: Denise Shelton scored a game-high 27 points as the visiting Lions (9-1) opened strong and kept the Moccasins (7-4) at bay. Freshman Lucresia West led the Moccasins with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Top 25

NO. 6 STANFORD 78, USC 66: Nicole Powell scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds as the host Cardinal beat Southern Cal for the 26th time in their past 29 meetings.

NO. 7 PURDUE 69, NO. 12 MICHIGAN 47: The Boilermakers, who lost at No. 7 Wisconsin on Friday, won their 18th straight home game and avoided an 0-2 start in the Big Ten for the first time since 1985-86.

NO. 9 DUKE 76, GEORGIA TECH 60: The visiting Blue Devils used a late 16-3 run to put Tech away. Monique Currie had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Duke.

NO. 10 GEORGIA 83, VA. COMMONWEALTH 70: Freshman Ebony Felder scored 20 points and Mary Beth Lycett added a career-high 17 for the host Bulldogs.

NO. 14 WISCONSIN 68, IOWA 61: The Badgers shut down the host Hawkeyes, allowing just one field goal in the final 8:33, as they improved to 11-1.

OAKLAND (MICH.) 77, NO. 15 COLORADO ST. 71: Sarah Judd scored 26 points as the host Grizzlies got their first win over a ranked opponent. Oakland gained Division I status in 1997.

NO. 20 UNC 85, MARYLAND 58: Candace Sutton had 18 points and Coretta Brown scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half for the host Tar Heels.

OHIO ST. 70, NO. 24 PENN ST. 65: D'wan Shackleford scored 21 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 2:44 remaining, in the visiting Buckeyes' upset.

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