Martin’s 24 & 10 lead USF past Arkansas State 72-61
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Malik Martin scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double and South Florida pulled away from Arkansas State 72-61 on Friday.
Tulio Da Silva added 13 points and Paton Banks 12 points for the Bulls (4-2), who made 5 of 8 shots in the final eight minutes and 7 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes.
Deven Simms had 15 points for the Red Wolves (2-4), who went cold midway through the second half, missing seven straight shots.
From a Sims layup with 9:56 to play until Ty Cockfield drained a 3-pointer six minutes later, USF stretched a five point lead to 13, 62-49.
The game was tied at 43 with 12:33 to play when the Bulls got some breathing room with a 7-0 spurt. Martin hit two buckets and Da Silva converted a 3-point play.