BOB BELLONE, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Victor Rudd scored 15 of his 23 team-high points in the second half, leading South Florida to a 72-62 victory over Tennessee Tech in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

Freshman Chris Perry had 14 points and seven rebounds for the host Bulls.

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Junior college transfer Ty Allen scored 25 points to pace Tennessee Tech. Redshirt sophomore Josiah Moore had 15 in his debut for the Golden Eagles, who trimmed a second-half deficit of 13 points to three with 5:28 to go.

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Both teams started slowly on offense. Tech built an 8-6 lead as USF missed all but two of its first 12 shots from the floor. The Bulls hit 61 percent of their shots (9-for-14) from there en route to a 28-19 halftime advantage.

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