TAMPA, FL — Host South Florida scored all of its points in overtime from the free throw line in a 72-68 American Athletic Conference win over East Carolina on Sunday.
The Bulls were 10 of 14 on free throws in the extra period as they won their fifth straight.
USF was 23 of 33 for the game at the line while the Pirates were 12 for 21.
“We gave up a few too many free throws,” said ECU coach Joe Dooley. “Untimely fouls.”
Isaac Fleming, K.J. Davis and Jayden Gardner fouled out for the Pirates.
Fleming led ECU (9-14, 2-9 AAC) with 14 points. Shawn Williams scored 13 in the loss. Davis and Gardner added 13 points each.
Tyler Foster scored eight points in the setback and Seth LeDay added seven.
Davis led the Pirates in rebounding with five as the Bulls won the board battle, 46-22. David Collins had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists for USF (17-6, 7-4). Seven-footer Michael Durr had 13 rebounds.
LeDay had three steals as ECU had an 11-3 lead in that department. The Pirates had just nine turnovers compared to 20 for the Bulls.
ECU had a 39-26 lead after a 3-pointer by Williams with 49 seconds left in the first half.
Dooley was more pleased with the performance against USF than the preceding 65-49 home loss to Wichita State on Wednesday.
“We followed the script better,” said the Pirates coach.
ECU hosts Memphis (14-10, 6-5) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.