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Arkansas State goes cold in second half in 72-61 loss to USF

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 24, 2017 at 2:48 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — 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.

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