November 18, 2007 - by
South Florida Sneaks Past Florida State, 68-67

Nov. 18, 2007

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -South Florida pulled out a thrilling 68-67 win over in-state foe Florida State during the final game of the Glenn Wilkes Classic Sunday.

Seminoles guard Jason Rich hit a jumper with 42 seconds remaining to pull Florida State within one, but fellow guard Toney Douglas last-second was for naught, giving the Bulls the upset.

The Seminoles (3-2) lead twice early in the first, but trailed throughout the rest of the game. Down 39-30 at the half, Florida State used a 15-8 run to start the second and eventually tied the game at 52.

South Florida guard Chris Howard hit two free-throws with 56 seconds left to keep the Bulls (2-3) ahead of the Seminoles. Florida State had no answer for South Florida’s impressive 3-point shooting, which went 11-of-18 for the game, including forward Orane Chin, who went 3-for-3.

Chris Howard, Jesus Verdejo, Dominique Jones and Solomon Bozeman all hit two 3-pointers.

Center Kentrell Gransberry scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-11 in the paint and the Bulls had three other players score in the double digits.

Guards Verdejo and Howard had 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Chin contributed 11. The Seminoles were led by Ralph Mims, who came off the bench to score 16 points on 6-of-13 field goal shooting and four 3-pointers. Guard Isaiah Swann and Douglas both had 15.

Florida State made just nine of its 20 3-point attempts, but was able to get 22 points off the bench.

The Seminoles still lead the series 20-12, but the Bulls have taken three of the last four.

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