South Florida beats Florida Gulf Coast 68-66, 2OT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)
The game ended on a critical call. With 0.3 seconds remaining, Florida Gulf Coast guard Jamail Jones threw an inbounds pass over 7-foot-3 center Jordan Omogbehin to Chase Fieler at the opposite end of the court.
Fieler caught the ball and dropped in short jumper as he fell backward out of bounds. The shot was ruled too late because it was not a tip-in.
Bernard Thompson scored 25 of his career-high 32 points for Florida Gulf Coast (5-5) after South Florida (7-2) took a 23-21 halftime lead. Teammate Brett Comer had 17 points - and had the only two in the first overtime until Chris Perry pulled USF even at 55 with 37 seconds to go. Comer missed a desperation shot from long range as time ran out, forcing a second overtime period.
Thompson became the fourth player in school history to reach the career 1,000-point mark with the first Eagles basket in the second half. The junior guard had 16 of the first 20 points after the break for Florida Gulf Coast, which scored 14 in a row to go up 44-35.
Fieler finished with 10 points, and Nate Hicks had 19 rebounds and five blocks for the Eagles.
Freshman center John Egbunu had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls.
The Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic resumes Thursday, when South Florida hosts Florida A&M and Florida Gulf Coast visits Mississippi State.